In the weeks immediately after giving birth, the new mother should be totally focused on bonding with her new baby and getting him/her settled into a regular feed & sleep routine. However, if you are a Hollywood mum – forget all that! It seems the bigger priority is to get back into your pre-baby shape with crazy exercise regimes and extreme dieting! And it seems it’s like a competition between the celebrities to see who can get their old body back the quickest.
Take Posh Spice for example: Victoria Beckham aka last year gave birth to her daughter, Harper. Apparently, she adopted a strict running regime and ran up to six times a week immediately after her caesarian delivery. Her heavy running schedule, coupled with a low calorie diet, saw her return to wearing her pre-pregnancy size zero jeans (equivalent to Australian size 4) only 8 weeks after giving birth! Crazy stuff.
Jessica Simpson has also recently given birth to a daughter and gained a rumored 23kg. Now, 7 weeks later, Hollywood gossip writers are saying that she is ‘not trying’ to lose weight and seems to be taking a long time to lose those excessive kilograms. Apparently, she has just started some gentle exercise and has joined Weight Watchers, but critics are saying that she is still looking exactly as she did in the last stages of her pregnancy.
Honestly, who would want to be a celebrity? The pressure Jessica must be feeling to get her pre-baby body back is huge! However, it sounds to me, she is approaching the issue with a lot more common sense than Victoria Beckham. Health experts recommend that you should wait at least 6 weeks before you contemplate any attempts at weight loss: this allows your body time to recover from labour and birth. You can start to do some gentle exercise (walking, pelvic floor exercises, stretching) as soon as you feel up to it. However, you should wait six weeks or so before taking up more strenuous exercise.
Extreme dieting is also crazy: the body becomes much depleted nutritionally during pregnancy (the priority is the growing baby, not the mother), so it can take some time after birth for the mother to re-build’ her nutrient stores AND if she is breast-feeding, she needs to pay even greater attention to getting more than enough important vitamins and minerals. I, for one, will be very interested in seeing exactly how ‘well’ Posh Spice is in 20 years time: I am sure osteoporosis will be only 1 of the ‘side-effects’ of the years she has subjected her body to extreme dieting & exercise.
At The Natural Way, we can help you to get your pre-pregnancy figure back in a safe and sensible fashion. We have guidelines to ensure that you will lose weight (without compromising your health) and you will have the personal support of a caring consultant to motivate you back to the shape you want to be. So if you had your baby 6 weeks, 6 months or 6 years ago, it’s never too late to get your old body back. Call The Natural Way on 1300SLIMMER (754663) TODAY and let us help you get back in shape: with Spring only 10 weeks away, now is a great time to get started!
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