Claire DanesI will admit it: When Claire Danes, all angles and plunging gown, started talking about her baby at the Golden Globes, I said to my husband, "She had a baby? I don't look like that at all." But immediately after I said it, I was already bored with the discussion. He doesn't care and I don't actually care-it's just an easy thing to say. Because it's what everybody says.
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Indeed, Claire Danes, Megan Fox, and Adele were all the buzz this morning for "flaunting" their "gorgeous" post-baby bodies at the awards ceremony last night. And Kristin Bell, petite and pregnant, was "glowing." Yes, they did all look fabulous. Insanely fabulous. They're famous, remember? We all know it's their job to look good, they can afford trainers and childcare and all that.
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But that's not the only reason I'm sick of talking about post-baby bodies and tiny little baby bumps. It irritates me that pregnant women and new moms get these fake-y, breathless compliments when all the commenters are really doing is what they always do: assessing women's bodies.
Yes, it would be sort of weird to ignore the astounding changes that pregnancy brings about to the body. But when I was nine months pregnant, I'm pretty sure that the people who said, "Uh, are you having twins?" were picturing women like little six-months-pregnant Kristen Bell when they looked at me with veiled horror.
It's not that celebs set an impossible standard: Moms know that. It's that there's a standard at all, and because it's such an easy go-to, we're all made to believe it's the number one thing a new mom is supposed to be thinking about. I say, let's watch Homeland instead.
Sarah Smith is a deputy editor at REDBOOK and the mom of a baby boy. She and her furry circus (husband, baby, dog, and cat) live in New York City.
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