Caroline Berg Eriksen, Fitness Blogger, Under Fire For Post-Baby Underwear Selfie

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Norwegian soccer wife and fitness blogger Caroline Berg Eriksen is under fire for sharing a photo of her flat stomach four days after giving birth.

Yes, four days.

Needless to say, the image went viral on Instagram, and many who saw it were not pleased. In a matter of days, Eriksen was the new Maria Kang.

"This is not a selfie. It is an act of war," wrote one Australian blogger in response. "This whole situation has become ludicrous. There is no other word for it."

"The competition for women to give birth and then immediately remove any trace from their their bodies that they ever carried a child is OBSCENE."

Eriksen posted the photo of herself on Instagram, along with the caption, "I feel so empty… 4 days after birth," rapidly igniting the online backlash.

"Women are sick of this omnipresent pressure to get our bodies back," wrote another blogger in response to the picture, which she called a "toxic message."

"When you're juggling a newborn's needs, running on no sleep and trying to take care of yourself," the critic added, this is undue and unreasonable pressure.

Twitter users called Eriksen, the wife of soccer star Lars-Kristian Eriksen, and her abs "intimidating," "unhelpful," "obviously a freak," and "unfair to all women."

Is that taking it a little too far, though? Some would say so.

Caroline Berg Eriksen Photo

Australian Telegraph writer Sarrah Le Marquand offered a more balanced review of the situation, tweeting that yes, Eriksen is a "shameless exhibitionist."

However, "slamming the super-fit and genetically freakish likes of [Eriksen]" is also casting judgment, and moms "are faced with far too much of that already."

Prenatal nutritionist and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Melinda Johnson also warns against jumping to conclusions here.

"Obviously, what we're looking at is someone who is genetically gifted," she tells Yahoo Shine. "But we can't say she's unhealthy, we can't say [what] she is."

The picture alone is of one woman on the Internet, and "doesn't tell us anything at all about her health, the health of her pregnancy [or] even her happiness."

On Instagram itself, the controversial photo of the fit mom has been "liked" more than 21,000 times and counting, and comments have been overwhelmingly positive.

There, Berg Eriksen supporters note, "U rock girl! I have three kids and I'm a blimp," "Body envy is an ugly thing," "I applaud you," and "Beautiful!"

Love it or hate it, the photo of this mom and her washboard stomach is just the latest online blowup in the ongoing discussion of pregnancy and body image.

From Fit Mom and CrossFit Mom to the scrutinizing narrative about Kate Middleton and other celebrities' post-baby bodies, the debate remains heated.

Don't look for the tensions to subside anytime soon, either.

What do you think of Caroline Berg Eriksen's photo?


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Look...I don't have a rockin' body and I struggle with body image tremendously, but...this is her body. She's not shaming. Let her be who she is...don't get mad because you aren't her. Just embrace who you are and encourage others to be who they are. :)


People need to stop criticizing, this woman looks good for only having her baby 4 days ago. I say good for her!


I think she looks great! Not all women can look like that after pregnancy, we are all different! I definitely didn't look good after.. Still don't, four years later! She's lucky. I'm sure the jealousy sparks hate and makes women angry over this but they shouldn't let it bother them. They should be happy for her and if they are unhappy with the way they look, they can work on changing it. People get angry for all of the wrong reasons!


She gives me an inspiration to work hard and eat more healthy. Congrats to her.


I think she looks amazing after having her baby 4 days later, some ppl don't even have the motivation to work out after giving birth to there child. They would rather sit and do nothing, So thumbs up to caroline for having the motivation to be fit and have a healthy life.


People really need to worry about more important things in life!I can honestly say I had the hardest time lossing my prego weight , who cares she looks amazing and if I looked like that 4 days after giving birth I would post pics too! People are so judgemental and rude half of these people that are judging her would kill to look like this.STOP HATING! You look great!


This image does not shame other women. If people feel the need to lash out at this woman then they are doing it out of their own fears and insecurities. Who cares if she has a flat stomach?? We can't all be the same. And thank goodness we aren't. So just stop hating and mind your own business. :) Have a nice day.

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