June 4th, 2010
11:05 AM ET
Bethenny Frankel is once again in the middle of a big deal.
Actually, it’s not that big.
The “Real Housewives of New York” star has been criticized for posing in a bathing suit three weeks after giving birth to her daughter, looking quite svelte.
Frankel responded to the criticism that she is perpetuating an unrealistic image of what the body of a new mom should look like with a statement to the website Momlogic.
"I gained 35 pounds during my pregnancy, and probably would have gained five more if Bryn wasn't born five weeks early," she said. "The truth is, I was really healthy! I indulged, but in moderation. I was even eating red velvet cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory. They say you should eat 300 more calories a day when you're pregnant. I don't count calories, but I'd say I was eating 400 more than I usually did per day."
Frankel, who is a chef and purveyor of the “Skinny Girl” brand which include books and a low calorie margarita mix, argues that it’s possible to stay in shape while with child.
She said she purposely didn’t pose in a bikini for the photos, which appeared in Us magazine, opting instead for the plunging one piece. Frankel said she thinks she looks good so soon after delivery.
“I think I look like a mom,” she said. “I don't think I look scary-skinny.”
Fans wanting to see a more robust Frankel will get the opportunity with her new, soon to be premiered show "Bethenny Getting Married?," which traces the days leading up to her nuptials and her pregnancy. But, that may be the only way viewers get to see her on television.
In an interview with Billy Bush for Access Hollywood, Bethenny Frankel indicated that she might be down for the count after all of this past season's "Housewives" drama.
“I tend to think it might be the end,” she said during the interview.
Frankel told CNN back in March that filming the "Housewives" show was intense and she reiterated that to Bush. She told him that there is a 75 percent chance that she will be leaving the “Real Housewives” show, before amending that to 82 percent.
And Frankel said that with all of the new planned “Housewives” franchises including one based in Washington, D.C. and one based in Beverly Hills, she believes the time may have come for her to exit stage left.
“I think that staying at a party too long is just not a great idea,” she said. “I just feel like it’s the end of the party and I don’t like to be at a party too long.”
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