Anna Gragert
April 14, 2016 1:47 pm
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We live in a world where the complexity of pregnancy is compounded by the shame surrounding the post-baby body: a concept pressuring women who carried another human for 9 months to get their pre-baby figure back and to get it back fast. Luckily, Zooey Deschanel is fighting against this unrealistic notion as she speaks on behalf of all the moms whose bodies are unwaveringly beautiful.

When discussing her daughter Elsie Otter (who she gave birth to just last year) with Redbook, Zooey asserted, “To expect someone to look like her pre-baby self immediately is odd. Because you just grew a human and then birthed that human—there’s a lot that needs to go back to where it was. All your organs move around, for chrissakes!”

Considering that celebrity moms are constantly dealing with public scrutiny, Zooey’s outlook is quite refreshing. There are entire pages in magazines devoted to analyzing how a new celeb mom is working to get her “bikini body” back. Romper reveals that Zooey was not excluded, especially after the Daily Mail unleashed this headline on the world: “Zooey Deschanel reveals trim post-baby body on first outing with little daughter and husband Jacon Pechenik.”

Even before she gave birth to Elsie, Zooey felt the need to speak about post-pregnancy body shaming. She told Cosmopolitan“Haven’t we all seen those pictures of a sexy new mom in a bikini after one month? I will not be that person. I’ve always gone my own course and never been someone who has the need to be super skinny. I like a healthy look. I don’t buy into that skinny-is-better mentality.” (We’ll just be over here applauding like crazy.)

Though Zooey’s perspective is important because it differs from the Hollywood norm, it’s also significant because she can easily set an example for moms everywhere. Caring for another human being is difficult enough as it is and the last thing moms should have to worry about is body shame.