Fit Post-Pregnancy Selfie Sparks Controversy

Caroline Berg Eriksen has caused an uproar over this instagram picture – shared just THREE days after giving birth. The controversial post-pregnancy selfie shows off the soccer wife’s flat tummy and tight six pack abs.

Caroline is also the woman behind the biggest fitness blog in Norway, Fotbol Frue. The wife of Norwegian Premier League player, Christian Eriksen, said she was amazed at how fast her body has bounced back after gaining just 22 pounds during her pregnancy.

She told ABC News:

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.

She is 26 years old and says she hasn’t worked out since giving birth.

The new mom took time to pose in lingerie and upload the impressive shot with this caption: “I feel so empty, and still not 4 days after birth.”

The picture has divided public opinion with some women arguing that these images give moms unattainable, and for many, unhealthy standards, to strive towards.

Australia’s Mama Mia blogger, Rebecca Sparrow, called Eriksen’s photo a “disservice.”

This whole situation has become ludicrous. The competition for women to give birth and then immediately remove any trace from their bodies that they ever carried a child is OBSCENE. 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.

Focusing on HOW we look post-baby detracts from how we feel. And THAT is what we need to be concerned about with all new mothers. Motherhood is overwhelming on so many levels. We need to shift this goddamn focus back to the mental health of our mothers.

On the other hand, some have come out in defence of the pics.

One women commented online saying:

I don’t have pictures, but after the birth of my son and then again after the birth of my daughter, my abs looked like that..It’s true. It can be done.

Another woman tweeted:

I think it’s awesome! There should be no outrage over people who take care of themselves. That’s insane!

Should there be outrage over these pics? Do they perpetuate negative pressure for women? Is it ok to focus on our bodies so much after giving birth?

Share your comments below.


  1. Daniel Babis says

    All I can say is WTF! If she wants us to believe that her body just magically looked like that just days after pregnancy without her doing anything like she claims I don’t even know what to say.

    • Lex says

      I know someone who lost their weight in a few days. She is extremely muscular and has a very tight body without working out traditionally. She walks all over Manhattan and carried her kid and groceries. That was the extent of her workouts.

  2. JustSayin says

    I see absolutely nothing wrong with it. I think the time when someone fitness chick posted her pic and along with something about having four kids and said “What’s YOUR excuse?” was way worse, because that was like a challenge to women everywhere. I think hating on a woman for being fit is just projecting ones personal issues onto others.

  3. Lolo says

    I don’t for a second believe this was 3 days later, without working out. If it truly was, she starved herself and her baby during the pregnancy. This hasn’t happened in the history of mankind.

  4. ren says

    Hey JustSayin, I totally agree with you about the “What’s your excuse” lady. She was way worse because she was basically trying to make people feel bad.
    This girl is just a show-off and that’s why it’s annoying. Some women take it with a grain of salt, others just get really (understandably) upset. We beat ourselves up all the time about our weight even when NOT having just given birth. Then you have these narcissists who post selfies of their perfect post-baby bods. It’s really annoying. It’s much more classy to just let people notice and compliment you on their own without you shoving it in their face.

    I said this on another site about a similar post: I’m half way to my baby weight loss goal and yes, people are noticing. But I’m not taking selfies and shoving it in their faces. I’d much rather people compliment me on my beautiful new baby.


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