Nothing transforms a woman’s body quite like having a baby. Sometimes the changes are welcome, like fuller boobs or curvier hips. But, chances are you’re not going to find a woman in the world who just adores having a postpartum belly pouch that she can never get rid of, no matter how many sit-ups she does.
When most women get pregnant, we plan to lose the baby weight post-birth and try to return to some semblance of our pre-baby self. That’s what society tells us we’re supposed to do, and every other week we see some gorgeous celeb mom like Blake Lively go from pregnant to ripped in, like, five seconds, so of course we feel pressure to get back in shape. But, as new mom Chrissy Teigen recently revealed, getting back to “normal” is actually much harder than it looks.
In a recent interview with Today, Teigen admitted the only reason celeb moms get back to their pre-baby weight so quickly is because they have tons and tons of help.
“Anyone in the public eye, we have all the help we could ever need to be able to shed everything,” the supermodel explained. “I think people get this jaded sensation that everybody’s losing it so quickly, but we just happen to be the ones who are out there.”
Teigen went on to reveal what most of us have suspected all along—celeb moms have nutritionists, dietitians, trainers, nannies, and basically every other resource they could possibly need to be able to focus on attaining the perfect physique.
“We have people who make it possible for us to get back into shape,” she said. “But nobody should feel like that’s normal, or like that’s realistic.”
Obviously, celebrity moms have the advantage of looking like superhuman goddesses pre-baby, so it’s not totally out of the realm to predict they’ll look pretty damn good post-baby too. But, it’s refreshing to hear Teigen admit that looking hot AF right after you have a baby not only takes work and an entire team of people, but also that it’s totally unreasonable for the average woman to put that kind of pressure on herself. We’re so used to celebs feeding us bullshit, like, “yes, this is all-natural,” or, “I love to eat pizza and never workout.” Honestly, give us a break.
Even though most of us assume celebrities have an entourage of trainers, designers, nutritionists, makeup artists, photo editors, and sometimes even plastic surgeons helping them look their best, it’s hard not to compare yourself to them.
It’s hard not to look at Olivia Wilde’s gorgeous bump photos or see Blake Lively rocking a bikini post-baby in The Shallows and not feel a twinge of sadness about the changes your body has gone through or how hard it really is to get back in shape.
For those of us without the benefit of endless time, help, and money, Teigen’s words are a confirmation that it’s okay to give ourselves a break. It’s okay to set realistic goals and work with what we’ve got. And, more than anything, it’s okay to make peace with how we look and not hold ourselves to impossible standards of beauty that were never realistic to begin with.