A Norwegian fitness blogger’s Instagram selfie, showing her chiseled abs posted just three days after giving birth, sparked strong reaction online. Caroline Berg Eriksen, writer of the Norway’s biggest fitness blog and wife of professional soccer player Lars-Kristian Eriksen, posted the photo along with the statement, “I feel so empty,” after giving birth to daughter Nelia and missing her baby bump.
The 26 year old new mom who gained 22 pounds during the pregnancy said was surprised when her body bounced back so quickly telling ABC News, "During the pregnancy, people kept telling me that my body would never be the same and I wanted to show everybody that's not entirely true.”
The photo elicited many internet comments from haters, to supporters, to those that just thought the science was unbelievable - like blogger Suzanne Aabel writing, "I just think it is absolutely inconceivable that we are of the same species." Another mom, Maria Kang, who became known as “Fit Mom,” stirred up controversy earlier this year when she posted a toned midriff revealing photo of herself in a sports bra and shorts along with the caption, “What’s Your Excuse?”
Maria was back in the news recently when she was temporarily banned from Facebook for posting a complaint about the media’s positive reaction to a group that encouraged plus-sized women to post photos of themselves, “real women,” in lingerie. About Maria’s “What’s Your Excuse” photo, Erica Souter, editor of The Stir told ABC News, "Maria was very much in your face. She meant it as a motivational tool. It came off insulting. Caroline was all about celebrating herself.” Dr. Jennifer Ashton, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor commented, “I think we have to put this all on a spectrum and realize that we should applaud the women who look great. But we shouldn't bash the women that can't achieve that." Caroline asserts that she had no ill intentions with her post and said, "I think that all women should be proud of themselves, regardless of how they look after labor.”