The Morning Rant- She said what? Leave the Baby Bump Alone!

Photograph of Oxford by susan sheldon nolen

I was spitting mad. My Facebook friends took the first round of  my incoherent rage.  I had been watching the telly waiting for the news of the new Prince when a show clip, and I didn’t catch the full report, if that is what one can call it,  the clip went on about how long it was going to take the Duchess to lose her baby bump. It was an American Television Doctor, and a woman to boot, going on about Kate’s Baby Bump and how long it was going to take her to regain her figure. I was gobsmacked. Shocked. Outraged. What idiotic nonsense. How cruel and how stupid. Kate had just given birth and this was not even twenty-four hours on. Surely  a Doctor should know that it takes nine months for a stomach to stretch to hold a new life…isn’t that more important than your waist size the day you step out of hospital?

Shouldn’t the media be asking, how is the new mum doing, how is the baby doing, not what diet or fitness regime will she be trying.

It got worse as the week went on, the rags, whose names I won’t give free publicity to, but are more photographs than words, had the same idiotic attack on her figure.  When is this going to stop? I am not sure what the remedy to this is…I’m still spitting mad.

Leave the Baby Bump alone!

Thumbs down to all the editors and publishers who push this nonsense.

Thumbs down to all the television presenters, and diet coaches who were selling ” ditch the baby fat ” diets  when Kate Middleton hadn’t even left the hospital.

Well said: Jo Swinson, Minister for women and equalities.

“She is being elected to meet impossible standards. The discussion of Kate’s weight shows just how extreme society’s obsessions with women’s bodies looking perfect has become.  At a time when new mums are focused on building bonds with their newborns the media unhelpfully churns out a set of impossible standards on losing baby weight within ridiculous time frames. We need to move away from the idea that women have to shed their baby weight quickly and that they’re failing somehow if they don’t. “

Just in case

FYI to the editors who don’t know this yet…twenty four hours after giving birth is too soon to shed nine months of creation.  Grow up.

About susan sheldon

I am an explorer. It's taken me awhile to realise this. But I love capturing bits of our wonderful world with my camera, travelling through time and history, always returning to write, or paint what I've discovered. I use my Leica and my iPhone to capture images, and with those images I try to hold on to a feeling, a moment in our busy lives. Sometimes those moments bring me into the past, others into the studio to paint, or back to the old typewriter to try to use words to capture what the camera has done for me already. One of my goals in my blog is to have a space to take a breath away from our frantic world. I hope you enjoy your time here. It’s such a privilege to have readers.
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2 Responses to The Morning Rant- She said what? Leave the Baby Bump Alone!

  1. So true so very very true! It doesnt honestly surprise me it was an american tv show to be honest. I live here in america and i’ll tell you from experience, the cumulitive IQ of the American populous is dropping sharply by the day. I am often embarrassed to call myself an American most days.

    • Hi Lilly Thanks for stopping by. I wish I could say, oh no, it’s not like that here, but the rags are full of this nonsense along with the morning chat shows. Just dreadful. Time to change the record! 🙂

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