Otis Sudeikis was barely two weeks out of the womb before the world praised his mom's weight -- or the lack thereof. E! said that Olivia Wilde's amazing bikini pic gave "hope to new moms everywhere." The Daily Mail even wondered whether she had "the best post-baby bod ever."
All of those props are well deserved -- the actress looks amazing. But like Drew Barrymore and the mom whose bikini pic went viral, Olivia has also been very open about how having a baby has changed her body. In a candid article she wrote for Shape this month (in which she and her bare midriff appear), the hilarious mom of one gave the real dirt on her infamous postpartum figure. She says she's "softer than I've ever been, including that unfortunate semester in high school when I simultaneously discovered Krispy Kreme and pot." And she credits her gorgeous Shape photos to good lighting and even better angles. "The truth is," she wrote, "I'm a mother, and I look like one."
I know lots of moms, and very few of us look quite as good as Olivia does. Nor do we look as taut as her when we walk around shirtless. But unlike some celebs who humblebrag for a living, I actually believe Olivia. She sounds like one of us, right down to her unabashed love of carbs and her motivation for working out. "Listen, baby or no baby, getting out of the house to exercise is a serious achievement," she writes. (Amen!) "If you're going to haul your behind to a class, it's not going to be for anyone else; not your partner, nemesis, mother, or tabloid bloggers—just you. And your special relationship with your own damn fat cells."
Also refreshing? How she embraces the changes that motherhood has brought. "I believe in a world where mothers are not expected to shed any physical evidence of their child-bearing experience. In that same world I believe there is space for exercise to be as much a gift to your brain as it is your body," she writes. "I don't want to waste my time striving for some subjective definition of perfection. I'd rather rebuild my strength while dancing my ass off...literally." Finally, some words of wisdom that any mom can relate to -- and applaud!
How about you? Do you agree with Olivia's take on motherhood and getting healthy? Do you feel pressure to get back into shape quickly?
Bonnie Gibbs Vengrow is a New York City-based writer and editor who traded in her Blackberry and Metro card for playdates and PB&J sandwiches—and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch her feisty, funny son grow up.Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+