• Thu, Jul 25 - 9:00 am ET

Kate Middleton May Change The Way The Media Scrutinizes Women’s Post-Baby Bodies

Yesterday when I was freaking out over what I felt was an extremely offensive move by the Daily Mail for talking about Kate Middleton‘s “Mummy Tummy” other people were taking OK Magazine to task for releasing their “Royal Baby” issue on Tuesday which focused on Kate Middleton and her workout regime and a six-page “Duchess Diet.” This issue hit the newstands on Tuesday, the same day Kate left the hospital and less than 24 hours since she had given birth.

TV Presenter Katy Hill  took to Twitter to voice her outrage and suggest that consumers stop purchasing OK Magazine:

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And I love her so much for using her voice to call out OK for doing this.

This morning, The Guardian UK has an apology issued by OK:

A spokeswoman for Northern & Shell, the parent company of OK! magazine, apologised for any distress the cover may have caused.

“Kate is one of the great beauties of our age and OK! readers love her,” she said. “Like the rest of the world, we were very moved by her radiance as she and William introduced the Prince of Cambridge to the world. We would not dream of being critical of her appearance. If that was misunderstood on our cover it was not intended.”

Most of us are used to seeing headlines about new celebrity moms and their “post-baby bodies” and we have all seen the cover pages of a new mom looking less than front-page ready with a headline that screams “So And So Looking Frumpy” or a new mom looking totally front page ready with a headline that reads “How I Got My Body Back!”  Both of these are totally unfair to average women, the former because there is nothing wrong with a new mom looking “frumpy” (You just had a baby for crissakes) and the latter because most women are too busy with the realities of life to devote all of the time and money it takes to completely focus on getting their “pre-baby body” back, plus the nanny in tow to watch their newborn while they hit the treadmill for three hours a day.

I hope that the outrage over the OK magazine and Daily Mail headlines causes a shift in the way we treat new mothers, even celebrity ones. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again and I will say it until my voice is broken: All that matters is that the new mom is happy and healthy and healing well. It doesn’t matter what she looks like, what her weight is, or whether or not she is in the same size she was before giving birth.

When a woman has a baby, she deserves the time and privacy after to do nothing but heal her body, enjoy spending tine with her newborn, and rest. Her body and the shape it is in after giving birth is not something the media headlines have a right to judge or scrutinize. I hope Kate Middleton and the thousands of women who stand with her is making the media start to realize this.

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  • keelhaulrose

    I once read a celebrity saying she got her body back by working out six hours a day with a trainer.
    Meanwhile, in the real world, that is no new mother’s regime. We place too much emphasis on looking like what you did before you were pregnant. It should be okay to have a mommy tummy and look closer to your age instead of half your years.

    • http://www.facebook.com/RetiredSceneQueen Emmali Lucia

      I’m amazed that santamommies piss and moan about the dumbest shit but don’t say anything when people are like “I Just ditched my child for half of it’s waking day to go pump irons.”

      I mean sure, do what you gotta do, but I thought people had babies to, you know, HAVE babies. Not to just ignore them or send them off to the nanny.

    • Ptownsteveschick

      Oh they do! There are many people who believe that if you EVER need or want to send your kid to a babysitter, you should just not have kids. Puke.

    • Rachel Sea

      Looking a particular way is a part of a celebrity’s job. They aren’t ditching the baby for 6 hours a day, they are going back to work early because they can’t afford to take extended maternity leave, lest it adversely affect their image, and therefore their earning potential.

    • keelhaulrose

      Someone pulling ten million a movie can afford to take some time with their kid.
      It’s societies fault they feel they can’t be seen with a mummy tummy.

    • Rachel Sea

      They are taking time with their kids. Even if they are working out 6 hours a day, that is less time away than the average commuting, full-time, working parent who is away 9-12 hours a day

    • Alicia Kiner

      How in the living hell does one work out for 6 hours a day? How does a human body tolerate that kind of abuse?

    • keelhaulrose

      The same one that endures labor for hours?
      I think some people work out a lot, most of those make money on their physical condition (athletes, wrestlers, professional body builders, etc)

  • ChillMama

    Yes! You know how I immediately lost all my baby-weight? A crazy, intense bout of PPD. And what was even more messed up? Part of me was still proud of losing all the weight within a week, while the other part would have given anything to still have the weight if it meant not dealing with the sh&tstorm that is PPD.
    Way too much emphasis on post-baby bodies, and why women should even care about that.

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      You need to pitch Koa about your body baby body regime of having PPD and how easy it is to lose all the baby weight by being amazingly depressed

    • ChillMama

      Forget Koa, I’m going straight to OK Magazine! This is front cover-worthy news. Why more people try it I just don’t know. :-p

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      hahahha YES!

    • Justme

      This might be too personal of a question, but before your PPD did you ever have any bouts with eating disorders, anxiety or OCD?

    • ChillMama

      That’s fine. I am pretty open about it because not enough people talk about it. Yes to anxiety and depression. And actually I went through post-partum panic (anxiety isn’t a strong enough word). No eating disorders or OCD before though.

    • Justme

      Just wondering because I went through something similar but I have anxiety, OCD and struggled with eating disorders when I was younger. My weight loss was due to the fact that I felt there was so much with the baby that was OUT of my control, so I controlled what I could – how much food I was eating.

    • ChillMama

      I was just too stressed to eat, and physically eating food made me gag half the time. Not fun. Sorry that you struggled with it too. Hope you came out the other side ok!

    • Justme

      I came out a little TOO good on the other side…my appetite returned and then some. :)

    • ChillMama

      Haha. Yes, a few months I recovered I realized my pants were tighter than they were immediately after I had my baby. Dammit! ;-)

    • CrazyFor Kate

      Me too, only regular depression, not PPD (I wasn’t pregnant, just had put on some weight recently). For some people you just stop eating. I was down to 3-400 calories a day, not out of a desire to get thin or anything, but because eating was literally too much effort. After I climbed out of the dark pit, everyone complimented me on my weight loss. I’d rather have kept the weight and skipped the depression.

    • Muggle

      Oh fuck, more reason for me to never have kids.

      I already have a history of anxiety and depression, and I don’t want to take a chance with PPD, I also have BDD and a history of being thin-shamed and aklssjasjsladksja

      Nope. Not fucking doing it. My cat’s enough, nobody will ever criticize my post-kitty body because it won’t change from my pre-kitty one.

  • Katie

    I think what the media do is despicable; however, their existence is focused on one goal – turning a profit. They wouldn’t put this on magazine covers if people didn’t buy them. As much as I want to blame the magazines, we are the reason why these covers continue to exist. The underlying problem (read: ourselves) is much more difficult to fix.

  • Katie L.

    I never want to hear the term “mummy tummy” again, but I’m afraid it’s going to be A Thing now.

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      HAHAHAHA it’s the worst

  • EB

    These conversations about losing the mommy (or do we have to say mummy now?) tummy are so far from my reality that I can’t even get worked up about it. Even though I lost 30 of the 40 lbs I gained in just a few months, my “baby” is 2 and I still look 6 months pregnant.

  • MoD

    My body, size, and weight just do not seem as important as they did before I had my kid. I have a big tummy and still weigh more than I did before I had my baby five months ago. Oh well. My biggest concerns are spending time with my baby and spouse, ensuring my breast milk supply is okay, and making a living. There’s just not room anymore to worry about the other stuff. And I’m not definitely not messing up my milk supply with dieting just so I can look purdy to people who think I should look purdy after birth because those are the kind of people I don’t like and don’t care about impressing anyway.

    So I’ll be over here with my double chin and big belly and I’m not going to worry about it.

  • Alicia Kiner

    I just read the article on the daily beast, and KNEW you’d go to town. Came here to link it to you… Now to go back and read your response!

    • Alicia Kiner

      I’m so far beyond over this tabloid shaming women over their bodies. These people exist to find the most unflattering, rude, embarrassing pictures, then come up with the most hateful things to say about people who are doing nothing but living their lives. Just because those lives happen to put them in the public eye doesn’t give us all a pass to every second of every moment of their lives. It’s not bad enough we as women put pressure on ourselves do be everything for everyone, now Kate has this?! Back off. Bright side… the people who published her topless photos were charged and arrested.