This is madness. As Dr. Jennifer Blake, obstetrician and gynecologist in chief at Toronto's Sunnybrook & Women's College Health Sciences Centre, told the National Post recently: "The most important thing for a woman who is pregnant or has just had a baby is her health and the health of her baby. A flat stomach should be the last thing on her mind."
Parker glibly admits the standard she has set -- and so eagerly exhibited in her steamy W magazine spread -- is "too high for most normal women." A multimillionaire who earns an estimated $150,000 an episode on her HBO hit show, "Sex in the City," Parker and her famous girlfriends can afford an entourage of yoga gurus and full-time nannies to support their postpartum workout obsessions (not to mention their Louis Vuitton diaper bags and closets full of Manolo Blahnik shoes).
For we "normal women," there are far more important things to be doing with our time and money than spending dozens of hours each week with some high-priced body Nazi, away from our children, in order to erase the legacy of childbirth. This Mother's Day weekend, I'm burying Midge at the bottom of my daughter's toy chest. And no tummy crunches, no treadmill, no gerbil food for me. I'll take the real shape of motherhood any day -- beautiful lumps, bumps, and all.