On December 14, 2009, Kourtney Kardashian gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, Mason Dash Disick. She is quoted as saying that she gained 40 pounds – an entirely reasonable and typical amount for a normal, full term pregnancy. On the cover of the January 11, 2010 issue of Life & Style, OK! magazine displays a heavily Photoshopped image of Kardashian, and claims a “Kourtney’s Body After Baby Exclusive” on its cover, saying that she lost all of her pregnancy weight just a week after giving birth. Looking at the side-by-side photos, it’s clear that the magazine cropped Kourtney’s stomach and replaced her face with a slimmer one to illustrate her speedy weight loss.
Kardashian has come out in denial of this cover, reporting on Twitter, “One of those weeklies got it wrong again…they didn’t have an exclusive with me. And I gained 40 pounds while pregs, not 26…But thanks!” She was quoted in Women’s Wear Daily as saying, “They doctored and Photoshopped my body to make it look like I have already lost all the weight, which I have not.”
I’m almost hesitant to say this – for I fear that there will be a case out there somewhere that will be unearthed – but no woman can lose 40+ pounds of baby weight just a week after birth. No woman – not even a woman with access to a personal chef, a nanny, maids and a personal trainer – could be successful in this.
To begin with, I don’t know of one woman who has the energy to work out for eight hours a day at just a week postpartum. Photoshopped covers like this are just not realistic, and I’d like to thank Kourtney Kardashian for being honest enough to tell the world that the cover wasn’t real. After all, she could have stayed quiet and let us all assume that she looks better after delivery than before pregnancy – as many celebrities have done. But the reality is, substantial, long-term weight loss takes time. I’m happy to hear that Kourtney has been honest with all of us as to the reality of life with a newborn.
If you’ve recently had a baby or are expecting, congratulations! It’s a wonderful, exciting time, and your body is doing an amazing thing; growing a new human being isn’t easy! You will leave the hospital with extra weight; it’s perfectly normal and natural. After you have the baby, you will probably want to lose some of those extra pounds, and the smart, healthy way to do it is the way you put the weight on – one pound at a time, slow and steady. Watch your diet, making sure that you are eating fresh, wholesome foods and not fast foods and cake, and add light exercise in as soon as your doctor tells you it is safe. Pop the baby in a sling and walk around the block. Dance with your older children. Small amounts of movement add up over time, and you’ll be back to pre-pregnancy weight before you know it.
Just don’t look at the covers of tabloid magazines.