Channel 7’s Sunrise co-host and Generation Next presenter, Melissa Doyle feels that there is too much pressure on new mums to shed those newly acquired kilos.

According to the Daily Telegraph she feels that it shouldn’t matter how long it takes for new mums to get back into their old clothes so long as they are healthy and their baby is thriving. She suggests it is better to embrace the joys of motherhood.

In response to pictures of Miranda Kerr in a skin tight dress she said “We can’t compare ourselves to Miranda Kerr. She’s a supermodel, that’s her job.”

“We have to stop tallying up how many months it took them to get back into their jeans. I would rather see their beautiful healthy baby and hear that they have had a wonderful experience and that their child is healthy and they are healthy.”

Channel Ten newsreader Deborah Knight adds that it is important for mums to be realistic and not feel pressured by what they see in the media “I think you just have to be sensible … because if you don’t have a dietitian and a cook and a cleaner and a nanny then you simply can’t achieve what these women in the public eye can.”

Unfortunately in a desperate attempt to get a quick fix rather than let their bodies recover naturally, some women are turning to cosmetic surgery.

“We have definitely seen an increase in young women coming in soon after giving birth asking for tummy tucks, breast augmentation and liposuctions, and I believe the media is driving that demand by putting increased pressure on women,” Australian College of Cosmetic Surgeons president Russell Knudsem said.

It seems that no matter how old women are or at what stage in their lives they are; from teenagers to grandmothers, women are under huge pressures to conform to the images of ‘perfect and beautiful’ women that are fed to them by the media. When does a woman get a chance to be herself and enjoy it, if society is always trying to make her look like the latest celebrity?

All the hype about yummy mummies is just that; hype. Women should be left in peace to truly enjoy one of the most wonderful experiences of their lives.

In a welcome change, actress Penelope Cruz recently spoke to Vogue about giving birth to her son Leo, “From the first second, you feel so much love. It is a revolutionary experience. That’s the best way I can describe it. It transforms you completely, in a second. Nature is very wise and gives you nine months to prepare, but in that moment — when you see that face, you are transformed forever.”

Writer Helen Splarn. Editor Dr Ramesh Manocha.
Source: The Daily Telegraph