Any mother will tell you, childbirth is hardly the most *glamorous* affair. Beautiful? Yes. Profound? Yes! MESSY? Oh, heck yes. But glamorous? Not quite so much…
Maybe I’m in the minority here (though I really suspect that I’m not!) but after squeezing a human being out of my lady parts I was not camera ready! I only thank God I got my kids out of the way before Instagram got going with making people feel inadequate.
Now, lots of soon-to-be-mothers are feeling the pressure to look picture-perfect before, during and after the delivery of their baby. Now I’ve always said a bit of lipstick can make a gal feel like a new woman, but this seems kind of excessive.
Sure, these women look stunning and if you’re pushing a baby out then you’ve got a right to look however the heck you want! But you have to wonder how much peer pressure plays into this? People expect women to look beautiful all the freakin’ time!
(Image Credit: Instagram, alexisjayda)
Pictured above is Alexis Jayda, a make-up artist who filmed a make-up tutorial whilst waiting to give birth. This mama does not take a break!
So whilst you’ve got to admire Alexis’ conviction and talent it does raise the question, why do so many women (who aren’t making a living as make-up artists!) feel the need to look perfectly polished for their labor?
A recent study by Cosmetify found that 4 percent of women aged 18 to 31 get beauty treatments before labor, this included hair removal (65 percent), a manicure (57 percent), pedicure (43 percent), spray tan (37 percent) or a blow-dry, cut or styling (32 percent).
In this study, the researches tried to determine why women were eager to undergo beauty treatments/apply heavy make-up. The results are hardly surprising. With 31 percent of women citing the reason, they want to look “good in photos”, 26 percent wanted to look “presentable for visitors”, whilst 22 percent wanted to avoid “looking ill, drained and tired.”
You’ve just given birth to a human being?! You’re bound to look ill, drained and tired?!?!
(Image Credit, Instagram, leeannjarrell)