The truth about getting your figure back after baby’s birth
Five short weeks after giving birth, the gorgeous Duchess of Cambridge, looked like she could already rock her pre-pregnancy skinny jeans.
There she was, back to her slender, already legendary glamour, sparking a certain amount of controversy. How did she do it? Is it right to promote that kind of body image? blah blah blah…
The truth is this simple: we aren’t all equal in getting back in shape after having a baby (who said life was fair?).
There are countless stories in the media of how this or that celebrity got her bod back. The pictures splashed out, displaying the slim, firm, buffed and toned mama’s figures.
Do not be fooled! These are often achieved at a high price of hard and often unhealthy sacrifice. Let’s not forget also, that the Kates and Kims of this world have an army of helpers in the form of night nurses, nannies, cooks, dietitian, stylists and personal trainers or even cosmetic surgeons. What I am trying to say here is that we should’t hold ourselves to such artificial standards.
There are indeed a lucky few who just ping. That is true, my mum did and Kate is most likely to be one of those (she married prince charming, has great hair AND she pings! yeah, as I said already, who said life was fair?).
So, some women just naturally melt after having a baby and if they breastfeed they practically dissapear, but that is a minority. For us mear mortals, it is going to take a little longer and that is ok. It took nine months to put the weight on, it is perfectly normal for it to take several months to loose. The important thing here, and I can’t stress it enough, is to do it in a healthy way managing your energy and your hormone levels. Resting is as important as exercising and heating right to loose the flab and keep the glow. And keep in mind that losing weight is only one side of the equation as you still need to replenish your calcium stores that were depleted during your pregnancy, get your energy back up, take care of baby and for the vast majority of us, go back to work.
Here is another truth that should cheer you up, with consistent effort, a healthy diet and some patience you will get your figure back. That is a promise.By Selina Prager, Londoner, Editor at Large