"'A lot of women use pregnancy as an excuse to let their bodies go, and that's the worst thing," Anderson said in an interview with DuJour magazine.
"I've seen so many women who come to me right after [having children] with disaster bodies that have gone through hell, or they come to me years later and say, 'Oh, my body is like this because I had three kids," the 37-year old said, claiming many of her clients use pregnancy as an excuse for their weight gain. She admits that she herself lost nearly all the 30 pounds she gained six weeks after giving birth to daughter Penelope in May.
Many people criticized Anderson for her negative comments about new mothers.Lesley Jane Seymour, "More" magazine editor-in-chief, told "Good Morning America" that "[celebrities] have $40,000 exercising gurus. You're not being paid for that. That is not your job. They have to get in shape in two weeks because they've got to go on the set. That is not the normal human being."
Even celebrity mothers struggle to lose weight after childbirth. Singer Hilary Duff has been scrutinized for not yet losing the extra pounds after having her son Lucas five months ago. Entrepreneur Jessica Simpson has famously been struggling to lose the forty to fifty pounds she gained giving birth to her son, Maxwell, in May.
Former Playmate Kendra Wilkinson, who also struggled to lose weight after giving birth, came to Simpson's defense, saying, "That's a woman who just gave birth. Her first priority right now is her child. Her first priority is not losing the weight. You should be proud of her for that. A lot of people just dump their kids off at nannies and lose the weight overnight. We should all be proud of her for being real and taking control and making priorities."
Trainer Anderson even admitted the difficulty of losing weight after a child.
"I know that the journey of getting back to your best level of performance physically is very hard, but it's an incredibly empowering place to be," she said.