16th August 2016
We are delighted to see that award-winning actress Anne Hathaway has been standing up for post-baby bodies on Instagram. Last week the new mum posted a heart-warming photograph of a pair of old jeans that she'd cut into shorts because "last summer's are just too dang short for this summer's thighs." The picture was accompanied with an inspiring comment that encourages new mums to lose weight in their own time and to embrace their post-pregnancy figures without shame:
"There is no shame in gaining weight during pregnancy (or ever). There is no shame if it takes longer than you think it will to lose the weight (if you want to lose it at all). There is no shame in finally breaking down and making your own jean shorts because last summer's are just too dang short for this summer's thighs. Bodies change. Bodies grow. Bodies shrink. It's all love (don't let anyone tell you otherwise.) Peace xx "
Our midwife, Jules, explains why we are with Anne all the way:
“Weight gain occurs over 9 months in pregnancy – so it is unrealistic to think that baby weight can be lost instantly in the first few weeks after giving birth.You should give yourself 6 months to a year after giving birth to get back into shape and tone up again. Hormonal changes and changes in metabolism can make weight loss more difficult after having a baby – but weight loss will happen naturally by sticking to healthy balanced diet and doing regular exercise. We would encourage breastfeeding which can help with weight loss by burning up to 500 calories a day.
Exercise in the early weeks after birth should be gentle – particularly if you’ve had complications or procedures such as a C-section – check with your midwife or GP about when it is OK to start exercising and trying to manage your weight again.
It's time that new mums celebrated their post-pregnancy tummies. We’re with Anne on this one!”
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