Blake Lively slams “unfair” pressure on new mums to lose weight

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Sarah Biddlecombe

As well as politicians, Olympic TV hosts and women who dare to exercise in public, new mums are often exposed to misogynistic waves of comments about their bodies. And Blake Lively has had enough.

The pregnant mother-of-one has hit out at those who obsess over how quickly a woman can shed her baby weight, describing the fascination as "so celebrated" and "so unfair".

Speaking to Australian news outlet Sunrise, Lively said, “I think a woman’s body after having a baby is pretty amazing. You don’t have to have be Victoria’s Secret-ready right away.

"You’ve just done this incredible miracle that life has to offer.”

Lively on the red carpet in New York last month

Lively on the red carpet in New York last month

Lively, 28, who already has a one-year-old daughter named James with husband Ryan Reynolds, 39, is set to become the source of post-baby-body scrutiny yet again when she gives birth to the couple's second child.

But the actress, who stars in the newly released shark horror film The Shallows, hopes that eventually womens' bodies will stop being the focus of such obsession.

“You gave birth to a human being. I would really like to see that celebrated," she added.

Lively with husband Ryan Reynolds

Lively with husband Ryan Reynolds


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