The Russian beauty, whose daughter, Lea de Seine Shayk Cooper, was born on March 24, visited a farmer’s market in Los Angeles on Thursday wearing a $538 Vetements long-sleeved sweatshirt dress emblazed with the words “Sexual Fantasies” on the sleeve and furry slide shoes. Shayk, who was accompanied by her mom, Olga Shaykhlislamov, also wore her hair in a messy chignon and a pair of sunglasses while she carried a bag of strawberries.
Perhaps given the model’s bulky dress, at least one publication mistakenly assumed she was still pregnant, headlining a story, “Yummy mummies! Pregnant Irina Shayk dons long-sleeved shirt and slippers as she stocks up on strawberries with mother Olga.”
Shayk isn’t the only celebrity to make headlines for her post-baby bump. In 2013, after delivering Prince George, Kate Middleton posed for photographers on the steps of St. Mary’s Hospital in London. While her hair and makeup were impeccable (she reportedly hired a glam squad for the occasion), her rounded and perfectly normal postpartum stomach was visible under her blue Jenny Packham empire-waist dress. The duchess’ appearance even sparked a debate on social media about the realities of postpartum bodies.
In response to the controversy following Middleton’s photos and in support of the duchess, British television presenter Katy Hill tweeted a selfie captioned, “Here’s me two months, post-baby. You made a human!”
— Katy Hill (@KatyHillTV) July 23, 2013
In July, after delivering her first child with husband and former Bachelor star Sean Lowe, Catherine Giudici shared two photos on Instagram, one of her pregnant and the other of her one week after delivery. In both images, Giudici showed off her rounded stomach.
Both Ivanka Trump and Today show co-anchor Savannah Guthrie shared selfies of themselves makeup-free and still wearing maternity gowns from their hospital beds right after birthing their babies in 2013 and 2016, respectively.
And in January 2016, a photo of new mom carrying her newborn 24 hours after birth, went viral for its raw depiction of postpartum bodies.
After delivering a baby and placenta, it takes about six to eight weeks for a woman’s uterus and stomach muscles to return to their pre-pregnancy size. Still, according to a survey conducted by BabyCenter, many moms underestimate how long it takes to lose their pregnancy weight. In the survey, 61 percent of new mothers assumed they would reach their pre-pregnancy weight after one year. However, survey results showed that almost 60 percent of mothers with 1- and 2-year-olds were a few extra pounds from their goal weights, with 86 percent saying their stomachs weren’t yet “normal.”
Of course, our obsession with celebrity post-baby weight loss doesn’t help, but it’s nice to know that stars are a work in progress too.
As Carrie Underwood told Glamour in 2015, “I will never have my pre-baby body back, no matter how hard I try. My body changed to make another human being, and that’s amazing.”
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