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Kate Upton On Pressure to Lose Weight After Giving Birth: It's 'Extremely Unnecessary'

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By Zachary Holt

The supermodel, Kate Upton, 27, gave birth to her first child with MLB all-star pitcher, Justin Verlander back in November of 2018. Since their daughter, Genevieve Upton Verlander, was born, Upton has been feeling the societal pressure to quickly shed the weight that she gained during the pregnancy. Just recently, though, she was featured in a cover piece in The Editorialist that allowed her to open up to all the things she's had to deal with as a new mom and what her thoughts were on the experience.

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Upton Provides Series of Tweets to 'Clairfy' Context of Editoralist Interview

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While Upton did not complain about how her words were used in the publication's piece, Upton felt compelled to speak to her fans through her Twitter account to 'clarify' several things that she believes deserve a more drawn explanation. The first, of which, dealing with the issue of breastfeeding and societal pressures of losing weight.

"I want to take a minute to clarify the context of feeling pressures as a new mother and breastfeeding in the @Editorialist article. When asked about getting back in shape after pregnancy I discussed the major pressures that are out there for new moms to 'snap back' right after having a baby," the new mother began.

Social Media Provides Unrealistic Expectations for New Mothers

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For the supermodel, she claimed that there were unrealistic expectations abounding that now indicate any new mother should be able to 'snap back' into their prenatal bodies. The unrealistic expectations, she said, mainly are derived from social media and other similar platforms.

"Every woman experiences this due to the unnecessary and unrealistic expectations that are brought into every household, mostly via social media. I certainly felt these pressures, as all women do," she explained. These expectations ultimately led Upton to overexert herself and focusing on the less-important things in life.

Upton Has Learned to Enjoy the Intimate Moments, Result to Come in Time

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After trying to get in the gym and start eating super healthy, in an effort to quickly shed the baby pounds, she found herself realizing that she's just a new mother and the results that she wants will come in time.

"I tried to push myself early to get back to the gym, eat perfectly and try to achieve this alleged 'snap back'. But, after realizing how ridiculous these pressures are I quickly gave myself some slack and lived in the moment as a new mother."

Upton learned, firsthand, that it takes time for a mother's body to heal right after giving birth and that's important to let it do that before jumping into tons of exercise, or depleting it of the crucial nutrients that are so integral in the healing process.

Encouragement to Fans to 'Soak In Those Early, Precious Moments'

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The new mother encouraged fans to let their bodies heal after giving birth and enjoy the intimate moments with their newborns. "Every woman needs to give their body time to heal and to soak in those early, precious moments. I realized quickly that between breastfeeding, healing, little-to-no sleep, off-the-charts hormone changes and experiencing everything for the first time that those weight-loss pressures are extremely unnecessary, and I decided to turn my energy towards my family."

But Upton was not insinuating that someone's experience with having a child is the same as her's. In fact, quite the opposite. She acknowledged that every mother's time after giving birth will be different. "Every mother’s experience is different with every baby. I’ve learned everyone’s journey is extremely personal and no two are the same."

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