Celeste Barber slams Tammy Hembrow for ‘dangerous’ photo showing post-baby weight loss
Comedian Celeste Barber has called out influencer Tammy Hembrow for posting a picture showing her post-birth weight loss.
Hembrow gave birth to Posy, her first child with fiancé Matt Poole, on June 19.
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Twelve days later, she posted a selfie to Instagram showing her rapid weight loss and flat-looking tummy.
“12 days postpartum,” Hembrow wrote.
“I stayed as active as possible before & during my pregnancy on my @tammyhembrowfitness programs.
“I honestly feel like my core was at its best in my whole life just before I fell pregnant with Posy so I’m excited to see what I can do this time round after baby number 3!
“Can’t wait to get into some hard & heavy TammyFit at 6 weeks.”
She then added a “PSA”, or public service announcement.
“Every mother’s postpartum journey is different!,” she wrote.
“Please DO NOT be hard on yourself or compare yourself to others.
“We all have different genes, different lifestyles, different circumstances etc.
“That being said I work & have worked extremelyyy hard & want nothing more than to motivate & inspire you!”
But Celeste Barber, who has two young sons, wasn’t having any of it.
Screenshotting a picture from Hembrow’s post, she called the influencer’s message “dangerous.”
“No disrespect, well done on your success, but this is dangerous,” Barber wrote.
“Women should NEVER feel as though they need to put on activewear and show off their bodies to prove a point, ESPECIALLY 12 days after having a baby.
“Jeez, I was s***ting in a bag and screaming into a pillow after having my babies.
“How we look is irrelevant.
“Be kind to yourselves, moisturise your nipples and unfollow accounts that make you feel like s***!”
Hembrow’s original post drew a mixed reaction from her followers.
“Her postpartum bod is better than mine never having a single baby,” one person wrote.
“I can just see the negative comments about to come in about this being unrealistic when, actually, this IS something realistic for someone like Tammy,” another said.
“If you’re gonna comment ‘this isn’t fair it’s setting unrealistic expectations for mothers’ just stop,” one follower added.
“This is Tammy, not you.
“If it’s unrealistic for you then cool but don’t hate because this IS her reality.
“Some people snap back quicker than others.”
But some felt Hembrow’s post reinforced the idea that women needed to “bounce back” quickly after giving birth.
“It’s so hard not to be hard on myself,” one mum wrote.
“I’ve seen my body at its absolute best, and I feel like I’m so far from it.
“I know I just had a baby, but I feel like I should’ve done more during my pregnancy.
“Now I’m overweight and my doctor keeps pointing it out.”
“You don’t have to rush to snap back momma, take your time,” another wrote.
Hembrow also has two children, Wolf and Saskia, from her previous relationship with Reece Hawkins.
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