Discuss: Are We Too Tough On Celebrity Moms Who Don’t Lose The Baby Weight Quickly?

Discuss: Are We Too Tough On Celebrity Moms Who Don’t Lose The Baby Weight Quickly?

I’m not commenting on this, partly because I feel like y’all already have an idea how I feel about it but mostly because I’m curious about what everyone else thinks about this:

Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson knows exactly why she gained the weight she did while pregnant with her daughter Maxwell Drew.

“I let myself indulge in everything I wanted because it was the first time I was ever pregnant, and I wanted to enjoy it,” Simpson, 32, tells USA Today.

That included eating one of her faves, macaroni and cheese. But Simpson didn’t quite understand how the indulgence would affect her post-baby body. “I didn’t realize

[the weight] didn’t all come off with the baby,” says Simpson.

She’s now given up many of those foods, however, while doing Weight Watchers as the company’s newest spokeswoman – she appears in the ads next week.

She hasn’t revealed her current weight, nor what she weighed at her heaviest, but says she’s lost weight each week on the program.

She also works out with personal trainer (and PEOPLE.com blogger) Harley Pasternak four or five times a week, mostly walking now, says Simpson, because, “my boobs are way too big to run at this point.”

Numbers aside, the star seems realistic. “My body is not bouncing back like a supermodel,” says Simpson. “I’m just your everyday woman who is trying to feel good and be healthy for her daughter, her fiancé and herself.”

Simpson, who is engaged to former NFL player Eric Johnson, will reveal her post-baby body on Katie Couric’s new show, Katie, on Sept. 10. [source]

Flag on the play. “Everyday woman?” Are we sure about that?

I kind of wonder if she said “My body isn’t bouncing back like a supermodel” in a sarcastic tone, maybe in reference to Heidi Klum who hit the runway less than 3 months after giving birth to her youngest child.

What do you think about Jessica’s interview? And, furthermore, do you think we’re too hard on celebrities who just gave birth? Is she set to a higher standard because of her spokesperson contract? Or do we care too much about this altogether?

Sound off!

By | 2017-06-10T11:21:48+00:00 December 18th, 2014|Celeb Watch|23 Comments

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The proud leader of the #bgg2wlarmy, Erika Nicole Kendall writes food and fitness, body image and beauty, and more here at #bgg2wl. After losing over 150lbs, Kendall became a personal trainer certified in fitness nutrition, women's fitness, and weight loss by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She is also certified in sports nutrition by Precision Nutrition. She now lives in New York with her husband and children, and is working on her 6th and 7th certifications because she likes having alphabet soup at the end of her name.


  1. sundaze September 6, 2012 at 8:05 PM - Reply

    I think she meant her body type is more like that of an everyday woman as opposed to someone, like a model, who may be genetically predisposed to be thin.

  2. marie September 7, 2012 at 1:42 AM - Reply

    “I’m just your everyday woman who is trying to feel good and be healthy for her daughter, her fiancé and herself.”
    Well she doesn’t seem to put herself first, she should have added “and for my fans” lol. Because I think that’s mainly why she does it. She’s a public figure.
    I think we’re hard on pregnant celebrities because they keep showing us that they can give birth, and return to their body pre-pregnancy in few weeks and everything is normal. She’s not an everyday woman. Everyday women don’t have personal trainers, don’t have people to take care of their babies their food their laundry etc.
    She’s just an everyday public figure and she should not make us believe that she is the norm.

  3. Olivia September 7, 2012 at 10:09 AM - Reply

    For some reason Jessica Simpson is the only celebrity I actually sympathize with. I wish she wasn’t hawking Weight Watchers but I understand that she has to make money somehow. I am glad she is doing interviews and showing the world that it’s not as easy as most celebrities make it seem to lose the baby weight. I guess I empathize with her because she has always been a curvy woman with a tendency to gain weight so her body is going to hold onto the fat more than supermodels! She may have been sarcastic with her comment but she has all right to be because I feel the same way. It’s been 8 months for me since the birth of my son and I am still literally fighting to get any pounds off.
    We say she isn’t an ‘everyday’ woman who has a personal trainer and somebody to watch their child but is that really true? I know many women who have personal trainers (heck for a few months last year I did thru my college) and I exercise in the mornings when my son is asleep. If he’s not sleeping his father watches him so I can get my workout in. And if she does have a chef making her food-so what? That isn’t enough to ensure weight loss-she is the one who has to exhibit self control and not eat junk. That is the same struggle we all have. I don’t think it’s fair to lessen her weight loss just because she may have it a bit “easier” then us. Unless she loses weight via surgery-I applaud her efforts and wish her the best.
    And in response to your questions Erica-yes we care too much about celebrities and weight loss. I can’t weight until this fad is over.

  4. BlackBerry Molasses September 7, 2012 at 12:57 PM - Reply

    I brought this up on my own blog yesterday because some gossip rag flat out INSULTED her for not losing the baby weight fast enough. They threw around words like “gorged moose”.

    I think that the media is entirely too harsh on new mothers and “bouncing back”. Its incredibly sexist, intensive and just plain stupid. I mean… Aishwarya Rai was verbally assaulted by the Indian press for “looking like a whale” a couple of weeks after she gave birth because they claimed she was flying in the face of her “responsibility” to look thin and lovely…. never mind she just gestated a human life for 9 months, gave birth and now has a new baby to look after. The same goes for Simpson. Its part of the whole Hollywood machine’s assault on the female body.

    But what’s even more harmful is the fact that this expectation that Hollywood moms should bounce back to pre-baby form within weeks of delivery is harmful to regular women as well.
    I think about how its affected me, personally. My husband and i have yet to have children… and part of it was because I have to work to ‘get over myself’. The reason I had to ‘get over myself’ is because I have body image issues from way back, and i know that pregnancy will change what I’ve been working on for years. I don’t know exactly HOW it will change it (but if my mother is any indication, I’m waiting for my booty upgrade 🙂 ) Its always in the back of my mind as to how I’m going to “only gain in my belly” and figure out a master plan to drop the weight quickly (mostly by giving birth). Its insane. But its true.
    This is what this culture does to women. We’ve turned the joy that is supposed to be new motherhood into this battle to “get our bodies back” or “fix what pregnancy does” as fast as humanly (or better, superhumanly) possible.
    That being said, I don’t plan on using pregnancy as an excuse to be irresponsible with my food choices… if its not good for me, its definitely not good for my baby. But to beat up on women who have accomplished one of the most miraculous things on earth because of aesthetics and ‘diet culture’ is disgusting.

    • Erika Nicole Kendall September 7, 2012 at 1:41 PM - Reply

      This comment gives me so, soooo much life.

      ALL the life. Whew.

    • debra September 7, 2012 at 7:31 PM - Reply

      I understand completely what you said about body image I felt and still feel wierd about my bodh after having my baby a year ago. I was so focused on not gaining weight and losing it and all that jive that you completely miss out on the moment. I do not believe it is healthy to just indulge in whatever with the excuse that your pregnant tho Imo thats selfish. But while im post baby my goal is just to change my lifestyle to healthier choices and if Lord willing I get pregnant again I dont have to change much and enjoy the process. But its cool your honest with yourself..

  5. Marquita September 7, 2012 at 4:45 PM - Reply

    I think there’s a lot or pressure on celebrities to “bounce back” after pregnancy. I mean, besides the first baby shot, all the media looks for is the “post-baby” body. I mean, of course she didn’t bounce back like Heidi Klum. I find it hard to believe that Heidi Klum put on that much extra weight during her pregnancy. I’m sure just like every OTHER day of her life, she had a nutritionist and a trainer and a doctor on stand by to help her take care of herself and her body. And if she was on the runway 3 months after giving birth, she knew well before she went into labor that after the baby was born, she was going to hit the ground running.
    Jessica Simpson sound like a “regular woman” that wasn’t let in on the secret that not only did she not have to put on all that weight, but that other celebrities usually DON’T put on that extra weight because they are anticipating that big breath taking “post baby” photo shoot. It’s almost like they are in a competition to see who can do it first. “What? Beyonce’s skinny 2 months out? I can do it in 6 weeks!” But that’s all just my opinion.

  6. Tina September 8, 2012 at 12:23 PM - Reply

    I think women face a lot of worry and guilt about a number of things before and after giving birth. It seems obvious that women’s bodies heal and react differently postpartum, so every woman whether in the public spotlight or not, should be given space to take the 6 weeks some doctors suggest holding off on sexual intercourse to begin to reintegrate appropriate forms of exercise and figure out an appropriate diet (especially if nursing).

    I have to admit though, the issue of weight after birth was different for me as someone who was overweight before getting pregnant. Many books and articles make it seem like you’ve already failed your unborn child by being pregnant and fat to begin with. Pregnancy meant weight loss as a result of the lifestyle changes I had begun making before getting pregnant, but postpartum stresses, anxiety, and isolation made it hard to maintain. Even the most well-supported woman will have her challenges, it seems like extra, sometimes cruel unnecessary noise to publicly scrutinize any one woman’s journey. I’d feel differently if the attention was not judge or sell a product, but to simply encourage women to live healthier lives.

    It took a long time for me to realize that daily I’m confronted by messages that suggest I should eat crap, snap into shape, and be superwoman all at the same time with no delay. This site is a part of my defense against the dark arts, a place where I can come to read a counter-message that encourages me to continue to make better choices, without condemning me for not being there instantly.

  7. Siegrid September 10, 2012 at 11:09 AM - Reply

    Even though she’s rich and famous and probably has a lot more ‘help’ than the rest of us, she’s still not the size -0,0,2 that a lot of people expect in her industry. She started off with an ‘average girl’ body and then moved into a ‘thin girl body’ and now she’s in a ‘big girl’ body.

    And I think the fact that she “let herself go” is something that’s common with a lot of women in pregnancy who want to indulge. It’s common with people period, and they use pregnancy as a good excuse to do it. But I also think her expectations are to go to ‘average girl’ size, not ‘thin girl’ size.

  8. Robin September 10, 2012 at 3:10 PM - Reply

    I think she is set to a higher standard because she is a celebrity. I think the public is tougher on celebrities, but we shouldn’t be. Most mother’s don’t bounce back so quickly. I don’t think it’s fair to be compared to an everyday woman because the average woman doesn’t have a trainer to work out with 4-5x a week. It’s nice to see some celebrities take there time and lose the weight because not everybody can be Heidi Klum, Victoria Beckham or Adrianna Lima.

  9. Olivia September 10, 2012 at 5:21 PM - Reply

    I posted earlier on this subject and this article on jezebel caught my eye: http://jezebel.com/5940780/109-headlines-about-jessica-simpsons-baby-weight?utm_source=jezebel.com&utm_medium=recirculation&utm_campaign=recirculation
    This is scary and is a topic that must be discussed more often. 109 headlines about her weight? So there aren’t any more important things going on in the world…like the November elections that will affect us all?! SMH…

    • Erika Nicole Kendall September 11, 2012 at 12:23 PM - Reply

      I would usually agree with you, buuut…. realistically speaking, we *can* walk and chew gum at the same time. Just because the elections are coming up doesn’t mean we can’t talk about other non-election-related things.

      I mean, I totally get your point – “MUCH we do THIS much writing about her weight?” – but to imply that we shouldn’t because “there are more important things going on in the world” gives me pause.

  10. Kat September 15, 2012 at 6:45 PM - Reply

    We can do both, but I think there are too many people who care only about this. That’s troubling. Should Jessica eat badly, esp with a baby inside her?

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