Former Spice Girl Geri Horner (you probably know her as Geri Halliwell) is pushing for a rethink on the pressure we put on new mums to return to their pre-baby shape.
Geri spoke to UK newspaper The Mirror earlier this week, slamming the ever-increasing, relentless push for new mums to “bounce back”.
“I think we need to take the pressure off women about how they look and bouncing back after baby weight,” Geri said.
The 90s icon pointed out that many women were already struggling to cope with a barrage of demands, and that this extra pressure to have a particular body shape was unwelcome and overwhelming.
“Women go through so much, looking after themselves, looking after their families, getting their legs waxed, being a good wife, girlfriend… so many plates to spin. Whether you’re a giraffe, a hippo or a flamingo, you’re ok.”
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Geri is mum to 10-year-old Bluebell, 3-year old Olivia and baby Monty, born in January of this year. Chatting to The Mirror, she challenged the dialogue around postpartum mums’ bodies and urged a more compassionate and realistic approach.
“It’s not fair, and I’m questioning how helpful it is to say to women: ‘Omg you’ve just gone and snapped back’. Every single body is different,” Geri pointed out.
Let’s face it, it’s really nobody’s business what our bodies look like after we’ve given birth. Perhaps diverting the conversation to how mums are feeling and what their experience of parenting is like, so far, might be a more helpful approach?
Promoting self-care and body acceptance seem like a much better idea, when it comes to new mums.
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The 44-year-old singer revealed that she took a softly-softly approach when it came to her own physical health after Monty was born. She urged mums not to be too hard on themselves, and to know they were doing a great job – regardless of body shape.
“I do a gentle amount of yoga and I breastfed up to a point,” Geri said.
“We need to say: ‘You’re enough.’ Even if you’re still curvy and carrying a few pounds after you’ve had a baby, I think let that go. It’s OK.”
We one thousand percent agree!