After the pregnancy belly gives way to a new bundle of joy, what happens to the postpartum stomach? Does a woman’s body just bounce back after baby?
If you’ve ever walked through a grocery store checkout, passed the smiling faces of celebrities baring their slim postpartum stomachs on the covers of glossy magazines, you’d think bouncing back was the norm.
“As with many things in fashion magazines (hyper-thin models, Botox, plastic surgery and Photoshop to name a few) these kinds of “celebrity success articles” can decrease a woman’s self-esteem and create expectations that we just can’t fulfill,” said Carrie Ann Terrell, M.D., director of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School and director of the Women’s Health Specialists Clinic.
According to Terrell, how quickly a new mom recovers really varies from woman to woman.