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Posting an Instagram picture of yourself wearing nothing but sexy underwear wouldn't usually be at the top of a new mother's to-do list in the week after giving birth. But Norwegian fitness blogger and new mum Caroline Berg Eriksen did just that four days after welcoming new daughter Neilia last Monday.
In the photo Erikson is wearing just a red and black bra and pants, and the accompanying caption reads: "I feel so empty and still not ... 4 days after birth."
It took all of about 10 minutes for the body-shaming, judgement and savaging of Eriksen to begin. There's nothing we love more than feasting on a story that involves judging a women's body. Ding! Ding! Ding!
Blogger Suzanna Aebel, writing for the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet, was among the harshest critics, saying she doubted she and Berg Eriksen even "belonged to the same species".
"As a 32-year-old with a 4-year-old son even and ... 10kg overweight, I think: WHO ARE YOU TO POST THIS IMAGE? What to you want to say with this picture? Who are you talking to? What is the purpose here? Why is this positive?'' Aebel wrote. "I feel fat because soccer lady gave birth."
Responding to the criticism, Berg Eriksen, who is wife of Norwegian Premier League player Lars-Kristian Eriksen, posted on Facebook saying: "I let out the picture because I am proud of myself and my body for something as tough as a pregnancy/birth, and I think all mothers, regardless of the body shall be."
Berg Eriksen's Instagram followers were divided in their opinions of the sexy picture.
"Seriously, this is a joke!" one follower wrote.
"Is it really necessary to post a halvnakent (half naked) picture of themselves?! It's just to show off, thinking's not much on how that image can affect readers," posted another.
But some said Berg Eriksen, who writes a fitness blog titled Fotballfrue, meaning footballer's wife, had every right to be proud of her post-baby body (especially considering she didn't say anything negative about anyone else).
"Amazing! Why shouldn't you look good?! I say congratulations on the birth if your daughter and congratulations on staying trim and having a great figure! (sic)" a follower wrote.
Berg Eriksen's photo comes just over a month after (we lost our minds over) Los Angeles mother and fitness blogger Maria Kang posted a Facebook picture of herself looking very fit and toned in a bikini, next to her three young sons, under the headline "What's your excuse?".
And here's Eriksen just eight days before giving birth ...
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