The wife of Norwegian soccer star Lars-Kristian Eriksen is under international scrutiny for posting a selfie of herself shortly after giving birth to the couple’s baby daughter.
Caroline Berg Eriksen, who runs a top Norwegian fitness blog, kicked off a media firestorm last week after she posted a scantily-clad picture of herself to Instagram showing off her fit physique just three days after going into labour.
“I feel so empty,” she wrote, “and still not four days after birth.”
But 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.
“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.”
That’s because she reportedly worked out 5-6 times per week until she was well into her second trimester.
“I think that all women should be proud of themselves regardless of how they look after labour,” Berg Eriksen said.
Despite the disclaimer, many are taking aim at the Norwegian fitness queen for setting an unrealistic precedent that the majority of pregnant women will never achieve.
And that brought her husband, Lars-Kristian Eriksen, to her defence.
In a posting to Facebook translated by Business Insider, he wrote: "Who is it that creates body pressure? The one who posts selfie in lingerie because she is proud of herself, or those discussing (on the Internet) how a woman's body should look like after birth?"