The Post-Baby Body Blues
Recently, there’s been a trend running through the Internet: body acceptance. Without a doubt, pregnancy changes a woman’s body. And for every mommy-blog that encourages women to embrace their post-baby body and flaunt it proudly, the media leads women to believe that their bodies should be firm and taut immediately after giving birth. For every cheer that went up for Princess Kate proudly showing her “Mummy Tummy” immediately after giving birth to Prince George, there are numerous photos of the woman with rock-hard abs holding a newborn. It’s hard not to feel pressure to drop weight and tighten up just weeks after giving birth.
Dr. Diana Zuckerman, president of the National Research Center for Women & Families, describes this as “the trickledown effect”: “[The] most beautiful women [are] getting surgery to look even more beautiful, then having their photographs computer-enhanced, and the rest of us saying, ‘Why don’t I look that good?’”
Dr. Zuckerman continues, “Yes, we all know that pregnancy does change our bodies, but let’s not see this as a disaster that needs to be surgically fixed.” Which begs the question: Has the rise of the mommy makeover—a combination of plastic surgery procedures done to get your pre-baby body back (breast lift, breast augmentation, tummy tuck, and liposuction)—come about because of media and resulting societal pressures, or is it just that some women simply want their pre-baby bodies and self confidence back?
RealSelf conducted a survey: 99.5% of them had work done after they had a child (or children) and 85% of them have had more than two children.
Dr. Moraitis in Palm Harbor, Florida has performed numerous “Mommy Makeovers.” Whether you’re considering a single procedure, or a combination, contact him for a consultation to see how you can regain your pre-baby body and get rid of the post-baby body blues.