|Fitness blogger Carolyn Berk Eriksen 4 days after giving birth.|
Eriksen is a bit older than Tessa. And, actually, if we saw Eriksen's body in profile, I think we'd see that Eriksen's midsection, while ripped to here and back, had yet to rebound to flat as a washboard. Or would we? We all know head on is the best view for assessing what may be going on with somebody's body front to back. If the photo is taken from a height, we've got a scientific certainty. Anyway, it's for damn sure Tessa Virtue's abs are nowhere near as good as a footballer's wife who blogs about fitness.
Incorporate the fact that Tessa's angled to the camera,
her left side partially concealed by her left arm, and her
right arm is draped along her right side,
we know there's no baby in there. Hell,
we can't even be sure that's not Flat Tessa.
What I think I'm learning is that if Tessa Virtue had been, say, an Olympian, a recent gold medalist, whose only job was maintaining her elite level competitive/show skating physical fitness, then it might be possible to believe she trained throughout much of her first pregnancy, both on the ice, and in the gym with the brilliant Maria Mountain.*That's the sort of woman who might have developed powerful new guns, glutes, and upper back, newly powerful muscle groups she might recruit to assist other muscle groups that needed a breather. Maybe a woman like that could have returned to the ice in good order not too long afterwards, and some weeks later be set up to compete the short dance that had been trained and performed throughout much of the pregnancy. Not just the short dance, but about one minute of a free dance. She might even have spent a lot of the gestation time preparing for that very goal, under the supervision of a world class trainer, a smart choreographer, and her physicians.
Alas, the woman in question is only Tessa Virtue.
As it stands, only a fool would believe Tessa was pregnant at that time. What some people claim Tessa and Scott pulled off with that pregnancy is something that's only possible with an athlete capable of winning a bronze medal at Worlds 2009 despite having done only about 5-7 total complete run throughs of her free dance, while her legs were on fire. It's something we could maybe accept about somebody who'd had the fascia around both shins sliced open in four places in October, the sliced sections left raw so they'd expand, and yet competed about twelve weeks later at her national championships while bringing serious pressure to bear on the still-raw tissue in her lower legs.
From Hans Christen Anderson's The Little Mermaid
The Sea Witch warns, however, that once she becomes a human, she will never be able to return to the sea. Drinking the potion will make her feel as if a sword is being passed through her, yet when she recovers she will have two beautiful legs, and will be able to dance like no human has ever danced before. However, it will constantly feel like she is walking on sharp knives and it will feel as though they must be bleeding.
The woman that skated with her legs hurting pretty much like that, that was a remarkable ice dancer and athlete. How did she do it? Did she and her partner practice off ice or something? Could they have done what I understand sometimes happens in dance and gymnastics - i.e., "Broken it down" to work out/around the female partner's physical challenges and limitations before putting it back together and executing? Monitoring and taking adjustments every day?
Moving along, I've learned this, which many in the comments section already know, and I hereby pass it on as a psa:
Article on anterior/posterior fetal positions and looking pregnant
I've learned the kid on the left bears no particular resemblance to the kid on the right: