Caroline Berg Eriksen, wife of Norwegian soccer star Lars-Kristian Eriksen, is under international scrutiny for posting a selfie just three days after going into labour. Eriksen, who runs a popular Norweigna fitness blog, reportedly worked out 5-6 times per week until she was well into her second trimester.
“I feel so empty,” she wrote, “and still not four days after birth.”
“People kept telling me that my body would never be the same,” Berg Eriksen told ABC News. “I wanted to show everyone that’s not entirely true.
“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 labour."
Hpwever, some onlookers, despite Berg Eriksen’s washboard stomach, weren’t impressed, questioning the 26-year-old’s motives in setting what some say is an unhealthy precedent for new moms.
Writer Suzanne Aabel responded to the picture on her blog, questioning if her and Eriksen are even of the same species. Australia's Mama Mia blogger, Rebecca Sparrow, called Eriksen's photo a "disservice."
"This whole situation has become ludicrous," wrote Sparrow. "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."
Only a minority of OGers have given birth, but do you think the image below is an obscentity?