We all know how difficult it can be to shift those post-baby pounds. But worrying about it isn’t helping mums or babies a new review has discovered.
In fact, anxiety about your weight can even affect your ability to bond with your new baby.
So says an in-depth report published by the Government’s Equalities Office. And the answer is, not to stress about it, take time to lose the weight – and concentrate on getting close with your baby.
The review, conducted by psychotherapist Susie Orbach (who treated Princess Diana for bulimia) and Holli Rubin, a specialist in body image, seeks to advise women how they can lose baby weight healthily.
Women may gain as much as 20 per cent of their body weight during pregnancy, but crash diets and stringent exercise regimes could do far more harm than good, the experts warn.
Research shows that weight loss is best done gradually, starting 3 months after the baby is born. Experts say not to get influenced by the dramatic weight loss achieved by many celebrity mums. Instead, take it slowly.
Moderate exercise, such as brisk walking, together with a healthy diet, are cited as the most sensible ways to lose weight.
Sounds good to us!