While enjoying my morning decaf and reading my NY Post this morning I was surprised to see an article that articulated something that has been bothering me recently, but I didn’t have a name for it. Luckily the post gave it one: Mommyrexia. Living on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and currently 7 months pregnant…I feel like a house. Not just because I’m pregnant, but because even for being pregnant, I’m huge in this ultra skinny competitive city. Yes, I expect to lose the weight (again), but over the course of 9 months to a year to be realistic. Well for some new mothers, that’s an eternity. They want to lose the baby weight within weeks of giving birth!
One women who lost the baby weight in a normal amount of time said: “All of my relatives gush about how good I look — but here on the Upper East Side, I feel like every-one around me looks much better.”
Trust me, her paranoia isn’t so crazy when you consider celebrities like reality TV star Bethenny Frankel, who lost 30 pounds within a month of delivering a baby girl last year. Rachel Zoe hardly had a bump yet had a boy in March. Ivanka Trump posed in a Playboy bunny outfit for Harper’s Bazaar last month. (Trump is due in July.) In the meantime, Victoria Beckham — due to give birth July 4 — is sporting a beer gut. This sends a very dangerous message to other women.
The A-list trend of gaining a scant amount of weight during pregnancy has trickled down to pregnant alpha women in NYC. The new term is “mommyrexics” — a breed of new moms who are pressuring themselves to bounce back to fighting weight days after they’ve left the hospital. Squeezing into maternity Spanx after having a baby isn’t good enough. These moms want to starve and jog themselves skinny if it kills them.
So who’s most likely to fall victim to mommyrexia? Well not me, that’s for sure! I’m damn hungry, but have to admit I am gaining less weight this pregnancy than with my last. However, women who are obsessed with beauty and/or losing their husband’s attention could fall prey. I just fear that their crazy antics could harm the baby. What they do after their pregnancy is their business. Personally, I plan to hit the gym hard, but I figure it took my 9 months to put it on, it’s going to take me at least that long to get it off, realistically.
Read the entire article “Mommyrexia takes Manhattan: NYC moms fight to stay thin — even while pregnant” here.
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