being a mom

I Lost All My Baby Weight And Now All I Hear Is I’m ‘Too Skinny’

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81937629I’m so, so bored about hearing about women and baby weight loss. Tory Spelling admitted that she lied about how she lost her baby weight. Kim Kardashian is taking selfies of her post-pregnant self. I know that the entire world is continuing to watch Princess Katherine’s shrinking uterus, only so the press can come back at her, saying she’s now “too skinny.” You know it’s going to happen. It happened to me.

God, how I hate those words, “too skinny.”  I attended an anniversary party recently for a newspaper I used to write for where so many people just had to comment on how I was “all skin and bones,” and that I was “too skinny.” I was asked, too many times to count, “How did you lose all that weight so quickly?” and “I can’t believe you had a baby!” People were more interested in my body than they were my baby! Frankly, I thought it was all very rude. I think the only thing worse than people watching you lose baby weight, might be actually losing the damn baby weight. “No,” I wanted to tell people, “I’m not too skinny. My weight is now the exact same as it was before I gained that 70 pounds with my son, who was born…FIFTEEN months ago.” I felt the same sting after the birth of my daughter 10 years ago. Back then I couldn’t wait to get my pre-body back. It took me exactly six months, eating as little as possible, and working out three times a day to get rid of the 50 pounds I gained with her. And then I was told I was “too skinny.”

After my son popped out, I didn’t doubt for a second that I wouldn’t lose that weight. I knew how to lose the baby weight, thanks to my first pregnancy. Again, it took exactly six months to get back to my natural weight. But you can’t win. If you don’t lose the baby weight quickly, then something is wrong with you. If you do lose the baby weight, then something is wrong with you.

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