In today’s celebrity-obsessed culture, we are bombarded with magazine covers and internet popups of baby bump bearing beauties like Kim Kardashian, Kate Middleton, and Jessica Simpson to name a few. Post-pregnancy, celebrities seem to whip back into shape almost immediately and it makes us wonder, is this normal?
Through television and the pages of a gossip magazine, celebrities give us the illusion that we may be able to return to our pre-pregnancy bodies almost instantly. It is important to understand that this immediate bounce back to the pre-baby figure is unrealistic. It can take months for the body to experience hormonal changes after childbirth and to allow time for your body to return to pre-pregnancy form.
During pregnancy, breasts enlarge to allow for milk, and the stomach stretches while the baby grows causing potential stretch marks. After pregnancy, the body naturally returns close to its original state. Although the body retracts after the baby is born, excess skin caused by the pregnancy begins to sag, particularly in the lower abdomen and the breasts. Hence the name “Mommy Makeover”, a bundled procedure that describes the body contouring plastic surgery needed for post-baby bodies to remove excess, sagging skin. Mommy makeover includes a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), liposuction, and a breast lift, breast reduction, and or breast augmentation.
Ideal candidates for a mommy makeover are those who maintain a stable weight for six months and have stopped breast-feeding to allow their breasts to return to their normal size and deplete completely of fullness caused by carrying milk. It is also advised to proceed with a mommy makeover after all childbearing is fully complete.
Although, we continue to follow the progress of celebrities bearing post-baby bodies beach-side, it’s important to remember that we all recover from pregnancy in different ways and at different rates.