Caroline Berg Eriksen, a prominent Norwegian fitness blogger, is making waves online after posting an astonishing photo of her toned figure and washboard abs a mere four days after giving birth.
The 26-year-old, who is married to professional soccer player Lars-Kristian Eriksen, gained just 22 pounds throughout her entire pregnancy and said she, too, was amazed at just how fast her body bounced back.
"During the pregnancy, people kept telling me that my body will never be the same and I wanted to show everybody that's not entirely true," Berg Eriksen told ABC News
. "Right after birth, like three minutes after, I felt like myself again… I think that all women should be proud of themselves, regardless of how they look after labor."
Berg Eriksen also posted this photo of herself last week, showing her nine-month, barely there baby bump.
But many online are slamming her photos and accusing her of adding to the pressure that women feel to constantly be physically attractive.
"The competition for women to give birth and then immediately remove any trace from their bodies that they ever carried a child is OBSCENE," Australian parenting blogger Rebecca Sparrow wrote
. "There is no other word for it. Actually, it’s more than obscene — this 'look how hot I still am!' obsession and need for public endorsement… It’s a disservice."
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"Women are sick of this omnipresent pressure to get our bodies back, and when you're juggling a newborn's needs, running on no sleep, and trying to take care of yourself, that's a toxic message," Claire Mysko, author of "Does This Pregnancy Make Me Look Fat?" and former director of the American Anorexia Bulimia Association, told Yahoo! Shine
Others, though, defended Berg Eriksen.
"Obviously, what we're looking at is someone who is genetically gifted," Melinda Johnson, prenatal nutritionist and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, told Yahoo! Shine. "But we can't say she's unhealthy, we can't say [what] she is. The picture alone doesn't tell us anything at all about her health, the health of her pregnancy [or] even her happiness."
A similar photo sparked outrage online back in October when Maria Kang, a California mom with three small children, posted a photo of her fit body in a bikini with the caption, "What's your excuse?"
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