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'What's your excuse?' mom reacts to latest controversial post-pregnancy fit selfie

Posted by Kristi Palma  December 3, 2013 10:22 AM

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New moms who post selfies of flat abs and toned thighs after giving birth are proving unpopular on social media in recent months.

Remember Maria Kang, the mother of three who posted a photo of herself on Facebook this fall looking fit in a bikini and surrounded by her three toddler sons, with the caption: "What’s your excuse?"

More on her in a bit.

The latest culprit is Norwegian fitness trainer Caroline Berg Eriksen, 26, the wife of Norwegian soccer player Lars-Kristian Eriksen. And here's the Instagram shot that ticked people off. She wrote, "I feel so empty, and still not 4 days after birth."

This Buzz 60 video talks about the controversy the post has caused.

"WHO ARE YOU TO POST THIS IMAGE?" writes online writer Suzanne Aabel in a blog post entitled, "I feel fat because soccer lady has given birth." "What do you want to say with this picture? Who are you talking to? What is the good purpose here? Why is this positive?"

Kang, a bikini model, claimed to have lost the 40 pounds she had gained with her third child in just eight months. When people reacted negatively to her post, calling her a "bully" and saying she was "fat-shaming," she apologized, saying she didn't mean to offend.

Kang is now talking about Berg Eriksen's photo and offering support for women who may feel bummed out by those killer abs. Last night, she posted side-by-side photos of herself and Berg Eriksen a week after giving birth on her Facebook page, writing this:

Have you seen this? This woman just gave birth 4 days before taking this selfie. Wow! Talk about pressure! That's incredible. But for those who are like me, it takes 9 months to build my belly and it took me nearly the same amount of time to get it back where I wanted it. To give mothers more perspective, here's how my body looked one week post pregnancy. Don't be hard on yourself. Life changes when you have a child making prioritizing your fitness more difficult.

Berg Eriksen told ABC News the purpose of the picture wasn’t to be cruel.

“I think all women should be proud of themselves, regardless of how they look after labor,” she said.

What do you think of Berg Eriksen's photo? And what do you think of Kang's reaction to it?

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Kristi Palma, Moms producer, is the mom of a first grader and a preschooler. She is a writer who enjoys cooking her grandmother's Italian recipes (when her son isn't launching paper airplanes into them). Follow her on Twitter @kristipalma.
Jennifer Clark Estes is a teacher, writer, blogger, and the mother of four young children. In her free time, she blogs at A Mom's World, plays with the kids (or chauffeurs them around), and is desperately seeking a quiet spot so she can read a book. Follow her on Twitter @JenniferCEstes.

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