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Olivia Munn is smitten with her postpartum figure. The actress, who gave birth to her son, Malcolm, in November 2021, expressed some her views about her feelings toward her body after giving birth in a recent Instagram video. (Related: Ashley Tisdale Just Got Real About Her Diastasis Recti Experience)
Munn carries her son in her arms in the video, swaying him back and forth to a Billy Joel cover of “Vienna.” “My body hasn’t snapped back, but it made this little man, therefore I only have love for it,” reads a text box above the clip. “The postpartum path is difficult, but it’s so worth it,” she said in the description of the photo.
Munn isn’t the only celebrity to speak candidly about the challenges of being a new mother. She posted images of herself on Mother’s Day earlier this year, along with a commentary about the challenges many women experience after giving child. “Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there,” she wrote at the time, “but especially to the moms who are struggling with postpartum depression/anxiety, still wearing their maternity clothes because you’ve realized that the snap back is BS and so unreal, and feel insecure as they scroll through Insta today realizing they don’t have the energy, creativity, or brain power to post a beautiful pic of motherhood.”
It’s no secret that society puts a lot of pressure on new moms to “snap back” (return to how their bodies appeared before they got pregnant) after giving birth. Gaining weight during pregnancy is very normal, as does taking time to recover your body and mind afterward. Lisa Druxman, a San Diego-based fitness trainer and author of Lean Mommy, recently told Shape, “It took you nine months to put the weight on, so you should give yourself at least that to take it off.”
While there are many mental and physical benefits to postpartum workouts (e.g., greater cardiovascular fitness and reduced postpartum depression and anxiety), Shape previously highlighted that going too hard too soon can be dangerous. Strenuous core work, for example, can cause separation of the right and left rectus abdominis muscles, delaying the healing process from diastasis recti, and tough workouts, such as long runs and boot camp classes, can cause urinary leakage and pelvic floor pressure if done before your body is ready. Emily Skye, a personal trainer and the founder of the Emily Skye FIT Post-Pregnancy program, previously told Shape, “Returning to fitness is a journey, and you should take it at your own pace.”
Munn isn’t the only star who has spoken out against the implausible “snap back” concept. Tia Mowry recently updated her Instagram followers on her postpartum experience, asking them not to “bend to societal expectations.” After giving baby, Kate Upton sent a similar message for her followers. In a 2020 Instagram post, she said, “I tried to push myself early to get back to the gym, eat well, and try to achieve this alleged’snap back.'” “However, once I realized how ludicrous these pressures are, I cut myself some slack and focused on being a new mother.”
In terms of letting rid of “snap back” culture, society still has work to do. But, ideally, seeing Munn and other celebrities speak out against the harmful idea will help new parents tune out the pressure to return to their pre-pregnancy forms as soon as possible and show themselves some love in their new role.
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