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Thanks, Kim Kardashian, for Being Real About the Baby Weight

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Are any of you still carrying some unwanted baby weight? Yeah, me too, and we’ve got company. Earlier this week, Kim Kardashian took to Twitter to complain about the extra 15-20 pounds she’s been unable to shed since daughter North’s birth. She tweeted, “no more excuses. my baby is 1 years old! UGH.”

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And the reality queen didn’t stop there, going on a bit of a baby weight rant: “Do any of u moms see their bodies just not the same? a different shape? ughhhh my hips & butt are huge now! they were big to begin with!” That’s when I decided I might really like Kim Kardashian. Not too many celebrities would be that truthful about their post baby bodies. It was a real, “stars, they’re just like us” moment, and I like that.

I know this is old news, but I’m still smarting from that time Heidi Klum walked in the Victoria’s Secret fashion show six weeks after giving birth. Yes, she is an Amazon and a freak of nature, but I think she managed to make a lot of regular moms feel terrible about themselves.

Really, when you’ve got a baby snuggled in your arms, who wants to run on a treadmill? And why should you have to?

These days, when a high profile woman has a baby, there’s this weird expectation that she should look exactly how she looked before her pregnancy — or better — as quickly as possible. That’s as unrealistic as it is foolish. Our bodies are supposed to change when we make babies, and it goes way beyond the weight gain from eating for two. Our rib cages expand. Our organs reorganize. Our breasts fill with milk. This is crazy sci-fi stuff, not a hangover to be slept off.

In fact, I think the race to reclaim our pre-baby bodies is borderline disrespectful. When we become mothers, emotionally, we are changed forever. Why are our bodies supposed to stay the same?

As my new best friend Kim Kardashian points out, there are new-mom lifestyle issues that affect your body too. “i think after having a baby u get so excited u lost a lot of weight then u get comfortable & eat how you used & it creeps back up,” she tweeted. Like Kim, I lost a lot of baby weight quickly but gained it back just from too much comfort food and not enough exercise, because really, when you’ve got a baby snuggled in your arms, who wants to run on a treadmill? And why should you have to?

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I think it’s great that after a year of motherhood, Kim’s ready to take control of her body so she can feel good about herself. I think it’s equally great that she’s not pretending that it’s going to be easy or fast. Kim, you take all the time you need.

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