New mama and fitness blogger Caroline Berg Eriksen is causing quite an online stir, after posting a selfie four days after giving birth.
“I feel so empty, and still not… 4 days after birth,” she wrote, along with a self-portrait of her chiseled abs.
Since posting the photo, online bloggers have both supported and slammed Eriksen.
“This whole situation has become ludicrous,” Mama Mia Blogger Rebecca Sparrow wrote. “The competition for women to give birth and then immediately remove any trace from their bodies that they ever carried a child is OBSCENE. There is no other word for it. Actually, it’s more than obscene – this ‘Look how hot I still am!’ obsession and need for public endorsement.”
“Focusing on HOW we look post-baby detracts from how we feel,” she added. “And THAT is what we need to be concerned about with all new mothers. Motherhood is overwhelming on so many levels. We need to shift this goddamn focus back to the mental health of our mothers.”
On the other hand, some bloggers and commenters defended Eriksen, adding that it’s the fitness blogger’s job to look good and she shouldn’t be ashamed of her figure.
“During the pregnancy, people kept telling me that my body will never be the same and I wanted to show everybody that’s not entirely true,” Eriksen defended. “I think all women should be proud of themselves, regardless of how they look after labor.”
While women shouldn’t advocate extreme diets or fitness schemes postpartum, they shouldn’t be ashamed of their post-baby bodies either. This story is reminiscent of Maria Kang who made headlines after posting a photo of her toned body next to her three boys.