Pregnancy and childbirth can do a real number on your body and mind. Carrying and then pushing out a watermelon-sized baby (out of your lady parts, might we add) is no easy feat, and the consequences of it can be long-lasting. Sadly, instead of supporting women undergoing pregnancy and childbirth, the society resorts to body shaming and judging new mothers.
Deciding on what to wear with your belly bump can get you stressed and worried. Out of this pressure some might even feel like hiding the bump with tight clothing. But these celebrity supermoms have stood up for themselves and flaunted their postpartum bodies to the very same body shamers who tried to bring them down. Without further ado, let’s have a look at some celebrity moms who were proud to show their postpartum bodies to the world:
1. Sameera Reddy
Sameera Reddy has always been vocal about the journey through her pregnancies and the scrutiny and judgment she faced after childbirth. Soon after her pregnancy, people were quick to point out and comment about her weight gain. Insensitive remarks often flooded her social media handles, but this power-packed celebrity wasn’t going to cave in. The actress spoke out against her bullies and brought to light how she struggles through postpartum with her body and mind. She also normalized postpartum depression. This is something several women go through. Sameera opened up about the disconnect she felt toward her child, owing to postpartum depression. It helps when celebrities talk about such topics — women become more accepting of themselves and can start seeking professional help. The actress said that she is proud of her journey, taking all the changes that come her way in her stride. Kudos to this momma for never backing down!
Alecia Beth Moore, better known by her stage name P!nk, has stolen many hearts with her music. She’s beautiful, talented, popular, and has a voice to die for. But none of that stopped her trolls from trying to pull her down after her pregnancies. However, the singer didn’t get bogged down with the insensitive remarks that came her way. She shared pictures of her working out after giving birth and said she had gained enough weight to be classified as “obese”. She said her decision to work out was based on her need to be healthy in mind and body and feel more like herself! Now, isn’t that inspiring?
3. Ashley Graham
This supermom didn’t care to sugarcoat the ugly side of postpartum. From drastic weight gain to her hairline receding, she experienced it all and didn’t shy away from showing it to the world. The celebrity mom shared how she freaked out when she saw that her hairline was receding. She was told that women lose pounds every time they breastfed, but she soon realized there wasn’t any scientific evidence to back this up. Soon enough, she learned to navigate through her postpartum period and emerge much stronger.
4. Neha Dhupia
This gorgeous celebrity was fat-shamed through and after her pregnancy, but she wasn’t one to take all that trashing. When a popular magazine shamed her about her weight gain, the star was quick to respond. She took to her social media handle to say that none of the magazine’s insensitive remarks bothered her, but it is a problem that has to be addressed as many women are at the receiving end of such treatment. She went on to say that her priority as a new mother was to be healthy, fit, and energetic and that she would work out not to please anyone but for herself. She ended the post in style, saying that “fitness” sure is a priority for her, but “fitting into societal standards” wasn’t!
5. Meghan Trainor
Meghan Trainor stunned us by posting a video of her working out one day before giving birth. We love how she stressed that it was essential to work out as much as possible when pregnant to stay healthy! But practice some caution and exercise under supervision, we would add. After her pregnancy, she also spoke about her struggles to accept her body. Postpartum was tough for her, but the singer loves and accepts her body with much grace.
6. Esha Deol
Baby blues are another part of the postpartum journey that people often avoid talking about. Esha Deol spoke about her experience with postpartum blues. She shared how she struggled with her emotions after her second baby was born, and many women tend to feel this way. It is essential, she said, to normalize this so new mothers can seek help.
7. Ashley Tisdale
This High School Musical star struggled during her postpartum period with a condition called Diastasis recti, in which the stomach sticks out because of a separation in the abdominal muscles. She spoke about how postpartum is complicated, but having a medical condition can worsen it. With the help of physical therapy, pilates, and yoga, she could treat this condition.
8. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
The Miss World winner of the 1994 beauty pageant wasn’t spared from body-shaming comments either. The actress opened up about how she had to face a lot of judgment due to her post-pregnancy weight gain, but she didn’t let it get to her! Showing true class that she is always known for, she utilized the situation to display how beautiful an expecting mother can look.
9. Kate Hudson
Kate Hudson lost all of her pregnancy weight six months after her second child was born. But it wasn’t the same for her third pregnancy. The actress shared how the postpartum period the third time was a lot more complex than the other times that she had given birth. The actress believes that exercise can help you keep a healthy body and mind, which helped her through postpartum.
10. Kareena Kapoor Khan
This queen of sass didn’t hold back when she was trolled for having “fat legs” shortly after birth. The actress opened up about her struggles and even wrote a book about her pregnancy journey, Kareena Kapoor Khan’s Pregnancy Bible: The Ultimate Manual For Moms-To-Be.
Women are often expected to “bounce back” in no time to their pre-pregnancy bodies. There is so much pressure on women to meet the standards of beauty set by society. These celebrity moms have made it a point to tell everyone that what truly matters is good health and the ability to feel great in your own skin! Have you faced criticism and insensitivity after your pregnancy? Let us know in the comments below!