Beyonce is hardly the first woman to dramatically slim down after having a baby but she is one of the fastest celebrities to do it. That fact can easily be thrown out the window if you don’t believe she actually gave birth, but since the public will likely never know one way or another, it can be assumed that the attention on her post-baby body has no-doubt set the standard by which all future pregnant celebrities will be judged.

There have been a lot more pics of Bey post-baby than there were when she was pregnant but the standard baby weight report is that she gained 40 pounds while carrying Blue Ivy last year. When we saw Bey during her first post-pregnancy appearance at Jay-Z’s Carnegie Hall concert, widened hips and perhaps a belly bulge appeared to be well camouflaged under a coral dress with flattering rouching, but just 10 weeks post-baby there was no sign the 30-year old had given birth when she appeared in a fitted navy Victoria Beckham dress for an Obama fundraiser in NYC. Losing four pounds a week isn’t impossible but it’s certainly not easy when you’ve just had a baby, even with nannies, chefs, trainers, and all of the other perks that come along with new mommy celebdom.

In contrast to Beyonce, the news about her slim down came just as reports about Jessica’s Simpson’s pregnancy weight were ballooning up. People have criticized the designer and former singer, who has been publicly scrutinized for her weight many times in the past, for gaining far more than she should as an expectant mother. And though Jessica claims to be happy now at 170 pounds—the heaviest she’s ever been—there are rumors that she’s already signed a multi-million deal with Weight Watchers to shed her post-baby weight and get back to her Daisy Dukes of Hazzard Days in no time.

It used to be that if there was one time a woman was allowed to be a little thicker it was while she was pregnant—and for some time after. Pregnancy has never been an excuse to let yourself go and become unhealthy but the realities of what eating for two would do to one’s body while carrying a child and after giving birth were always understood. Now it seems the envelope is being pushed even more and the way you carry your pregnancy weight is even being frowned upon. Mariah Carey constantly talked about how disgusted she felt with her body while she was pregnant, despite the fact that she was carrying twins, now she’s in the limelight for her “new” body. Although the slim down came many months after birth, her washboard abs and non-existent evidence of baby weight have many questioning just how realistic those Jenny 20 results are.

It’s great Beyonce had the resources and the willpower to drop 40 pounds within a two-month span but women who can’t do the same shouldn’t be pressured into measuring up to that. Pregnancy and the time after delivery is one of the most precious times of motherhood and it’s supposed to be about bonding with your child not your physical trainer. Of course the sooner you get back to your pre-baby workout routine the better, but if it’s just to avoid criticism from the paparazzi and women who have no clue what it’s like to be pregnant in the first place, women should drown out the noise and bask in the joys of being a new mother without obsessing over what it’s done to their bodies.

Do you think too much pressure is put on celebrity women to lose their baby weight?

  • Toni

    Let the Beyonce haters begin! No matter what she does, whether she gave birth or not, whether she dropped pounds quickly after birth, someone is going to hate her for it. I personally like Beyonce as an entertainer, but as far as her personal life (just because she is a celebrity she is allowed one of those) I could a rat’s butt! I am happy for her if she is happy for herself, but Mrs. Knowles- Carter don’t impact me and my household one little bit. I wish I had someone cooking me healthy meals and a personal trainer to work my butt to the max 40 hours a week, but I don’t and my life is no worse because of it. I just feel people should lay off of her and all other celebrities just a bit and focus on improving the quality of life for their own families. Then maybe our country wouldn’t be in shambles.

  • http://dayandnightsocialite.com Ashleigh

    No but her pre-baby workout, discipline, and work ethic should!

  • http://hairspiration.blogspot.com/ Natural Belle

    as far as I can tell she didn’t put on that much weight during her pregnancy, and looks like she lost her baby ‘weight’ due to a normal working out regemin, (who really knows if she lost 40lbs we are not her bathroom scales) for most women finding the time to work out whilst caring for a new born is a different stories so perhaps that why us everyday women take a little bit longer to regain our shape. eating healthy while pregnant helps, gain enough to support your growing bean you are not actually eating for two full grown humans! focusing on her weight loss just puts pressure on ALL women. The pic of bey in blue she is is obviously wearing a dress made to fit, and perhaps just a sign of good tailoring by Victoria beckham rather than some miraculous weight loss!

  • ga

    I dont think she lost a lot of weight she just knows what clothes to wear.

  • http://www.cosmeticdiet.blogspot.com Joanne_

    i think pressure on ALL WOMEN to lose the baby fat is present. i’m pretty sure Bey has been using spanx as most women do after they give birth while spending time at the gym to actually lose the weight. i love Bey but this doesn’t make her any more special because she is able to bounce back to her somewhat pre-baby body.

  • Michelle

    Losing 40 pounds in a two-month span is no biggie for any mother if she’s breast feeding her child + let’s keep in mind Beyonce didn’t gain that much weight to begin with.

  • Jaslene

    I believe those that are receiving a meal ticket from the celebrities are pressuring them. Presonally I feel that its weird when they loose the weight so fast but in no way upset or critical.

  • FaSho

    I don’t think it will pressure mothers to want to lose the baby weight faster because hopefully they realize there are numerous factors that helped. (plus she has to get back in shape her money depends on it).

    She has a private chef to help cook her food. (most mother have to cook for themselves, husband and kids, while taking care of the little ones).She has nannies to help.She has access to trainers and top notch work out equipment.

    Everyone should go at their own pace try and eat better and do what you can how you want to.

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