The urgency to lose baby weight in Hollywood is almost as serious as an Oscar win. And one of our favorite celebrity moms, The Hunger Games star Elizabeth Banks, weighs in on society’s obsession with post-baby bodies.
The actress’ quote that she’s “really a mom” now that she has two children made headlines last week. But now, she’s speaking out on the media’s attention on celebrity moms “bouncing back” quickly after a pregnancy.
During a recent podcast interview, Elizabeth talked to host Marc Maron about welcoming her second child, son Magnus, via gestational surrogate in November 2012.
After Maron said he was surprised to see her “really up and out” considering she has a newborn at home, Elizabeth took the opportunity to discuss the pressure women feel to “bounce back” after pregnancy.
“I’d like to believe that if I had carried my own baby, I would have bounced back. But who knows?” Elizabeth said.
“And by the way, it’s such a horrible — women should not be expected to bounce back,” she added. “It’s a true disservice what’s going on right now with all these celebrity moms. First of all, I just want to remind people that celebrities generally are genetically superior human beings on a certain level anyway. They’re mostly thin — they’ve got trainers, they work out, they’ve got money, they’ve got the ability and they are normally genetically predisposed to being thin people anyway. So like these women who are holding up certain people as their benchmark after they’ve had a child… just go be with your kid for a minute. Don’t get to the gym right away. It’s alright. This is not how it’s supposed to be, everybody. Calm down.”
Celebrity Baby Scoop’s new spinoff blog, HerScoop, has called on the media to stop shaming women’s postpartum bodies as well.
“I wish the urgent desire to quickly drop pregnancy weight would go away,” HerScoop says. “This is madness — a woman has just welcomed a baby!”
“We should encourage new moms to recover from pregnancy, and blissfully bond with her baby. We should not create and perpetuate superficial, unrealistic and shallow body images for women and girls.”