The Baby Weight-Loss Race

Celebrities' post-childbirth weight loss has become a standard feature of tabloids. Cristen and Caroline examine our collective fixation on these new moms' bodies and how it skews non-celebrity perceptions on how women should expect to look after they're done expecting.

Episode Sources:

"Star Bodies After Baby"

"OK! Helps Kourtney Shed Baby Weight with Photoshop, Phony Diet"

"Kim Kardashian Unhappy with Post-Baby Body! Here Are 7 More Celeb Moms Who've Struggled with Pregnancy Weight Gain"

"Kim Kardashian: How I Lost Over 50 Pounds After Giving Birth"

"The Post-Pregnancy Weight-Loss Obsession"

"What to Expect After Expecting"

"Fat-shaming new moms is even more toxic than you think"

"Can We Please Stop Critiquing Pregnant Women's Bodies?"

"Losing weight after pregnancy"

"The Truth About Your Body After Baby"

"7 Smart Ways to Lose Weight While Breastfeeding"

"7 Honest Things Celebs Have Said About Losing Baby Weight"

"Olivia Wilde Gets Real About Her Body: 'The Truth Is, I'm a Mother, and I Look Like One'"

Academic Insights:

"Continuity and change in women's weight orientations and lifestyle practices through pregnancy and the postpartum period: the influence of life course trajectories and transitional events." Carol M. Devine et al. Social Science and Medicine. February 2000.

"Concerns about body shape and weight in the postpartum period and their relation to women's self-identification." Priti Patel et al. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology. 2005.

"Weighty Issues: Fatness and Thinness as Social Problems." Eds. Jeffery Sobal and Donna Maurer. 1999.

"Body/Embodiment: Symbolic Interaction and the Sociology of the Body." Eds. Phillip Vannini and Dennis Waskul. Dec. 28, 2012.

Topics in this Podcast: pregnancy, pop culture, body image, health, breastfeeding, Celebrities, moms, weight