You must lose your babyweight NOW….OK???

Yesterday I sat all teary eyed as Kate and Wills stepped out of those hospital doors with their adorable little prince. Now I’m not particularly a royalist. but as a new mum I am just completely smitten with my baby girl, and spent most of the last few days reminiscing about the arrival of my daughter – I even read through my pregnancy journal.

We don’t know the details of Kates delivery (and long may that continue) but I did think about how I felt when Rose came along, having to be induced as I was over a week past my due date, the lengthy labour (40 hours or so) then her not breathing properly when she did finally show her face and as a consequence having to stay in hospital for 5 days while we both recovered. So when it was time to go home, it was not only a relief to finally get out and start my new family life, but it was simply just magical moment. A time cherished by both my partner and I. and something we will never forget.

Now I know there is a lot of national interest in this baby, and I respect Kate and Wills for giving the public what they wanted yesterday by making that gracious appearance last night, and how brave of Kate to stand there less than 48 hours after giving birth for all of the world to scrutinise. She looked amazing in her blue dress and heels, heels? I could barely stand in flats.

The pair of them were simply gushing with love for each other and their little package, and I hope that they are now left alone to get to know their little boy properly, away from the gazing eyes of the worlds media.

Of course we will all be wondering how she is getting on, one celebrity on twitter yesterday tweeted “lets hope the baby latches on properly” which I just think is bonkers, TOO MUCH INFORMATION. Bloody hell, us new mums have enough to worry about without being judged by the whole world at every step.

Which is why I am so furious at this mornings developments, as I am sure a lot of women are right now.

resizeThe glossy celebrity magazine OK has hit the UK shelves today with a Royal Baby special with the headline “Kate’s Post Baby Weight Loss Regime”….for goodness sake, leave the poor woman alone…its only been 2 days. Kate is one of the most classically beautiful woman in the world (just my opinion), and to me it didn’t even look like she had put on much baby weight, she just had a tummy…no bloating, no cankles she simply looked amazing. During her pregnancy she would have had the best nutritional and exercise advice going so it’s hardly a surprise, and being so naturally slim its quite likely that the weight will come straight off anyway. But who even cares if it doesn’t?

 

It is so tough for us new mums, there is so much pressure from the media who are forever shoving pictures in our faces of celebrities in bikinis only 2 weeks after giving birth. Piss Off, we don’t want to see it. Everyday normal mums don’t have nannys, and live in chefs and unlimited funds (and time) to focus on weight loss right after giving birth, nor is it our most pressing priority. No we want to focus on getting to know our beautiful babies, taking time to absorb what this new little being means to us and giving them the best start in life.

I put on over 5 stone while carrying Rose, so I knew I would have to shift some weight but for the first 6 weeks or so, I didn’t even think about my weight or my body, I didn’ have time for a start…I don’t think I straightened my hair until she was 7 weeks old. I knew I wanted to get back into my fitness at some point and lose the weight I had gained, but I didn’t feel any pressure to do so immediately, so I took it slow. I lost the first 2 stone just through breastfeeding and running around high off adrenalin, and then at 9 weeks old I walked Rose in her pushchair up to our local Weightwatchers, mainly as a way of staying accountable and tracking what I was eating, I had to shake my cake addiction somehow…and I was fast developing a new habit of living off tea and biscuits.

The weight came off slowly, a lb or two a week, I’ve lost 31lbs so far through eating healthy foods in proper portion sizes and with regular exercise which I have slowly increased week on week. Already I am about a stone away from my pre-pregnancy weight, and only about 3 from my goal (only she says!!)

But I will get there. The reason I know this is because I am changing my habits and living a much more balanced and healthier lifestyle now I am a mum, especially now I have a beady pair of eyes watching my every move. I have a huge responsibility to teach Rose about being healthy and happy in life so I have the best motivator in the world to get there. My little angel is just over 6 months old now and I reckon by the time she is a year old I will be where I want to be, and taking a year to get to where I want to be in fine by me as I was not slim to start with.

Surely getting back into your old size 8 jeans is not the point anyway. I feel it takes at least 6 months for your body to recover from the ordeal of carrying and delivering your baby, and it must need that time to go back to normal – as the saying goes “9 months on, 9 months off”

And as for you OK…if you are reading this – SHAME ON YOU!!!!

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16 Responses to “You must lose your babyweight NOW….OK???”
  1. Victoria says:

    Well said. I am not a reader of this type of magazine and I am furious with OK for publishing this tripe. There is already so much pressure on women today and this puts even more on.
    I am now officially in boycott of this magazine and would encourage others to do the same.

  2. kirstie256 says:

    I think she looked amazing. Give them a few weeks and they will be telling us she’s too thin. Women can’t win in these magazines.

  3. I hear ya sister! I thought Kate looked gorgeous and frankly the only way you could even tell she had just had a baby was because her uterus hasn’t shrunk down yet, so she still had the belly. Give the woman time to enjoy her baby. It’s ridiculous the way the celebrities are back in bikinis 2 weeks after birth, but God forbid you have one that actually takes their time to lose the weight then the tabloids are posting their pictures up, showing off their cellulite calling them whales. I gained 115 lbs with my first pregnancy, and by the time I got 4 and a half years later I was only down 80 lbs. I gained 55 lbs with that pregnancy and 9 months later, I am only down 30 lbs. So thank God I don’t have photographers following me constantly. But you know what? I work full-time, go to school, I’m married, have a nine month old daughter, and a 6 year old son with Autism… needless to say I’m very busy! I think I’m doing a pretty good job of losing the weight!

  4. mawil1 says:

    I slimmed before having my son to try to improve my fertility. I went from 8 1/2 stone to 12 during pregnancy and couldn’t believe that I’d only lost a stone after the birth! I ate healthily whilst I was breast feeding (no sugary snacks) and lost a stone but had to join weightWat hers to lose another one! It isn’t easy and there are lots of other things on your mind when you are a new mum. I agree that the press should lay off about people’s weight and I don’t buy those magazines it only validates them.

    • fattymustrun says:

      I actually lost 3 stone before conceiving, I dread to think about carrying a baby without having lost thy weight first. I was actually at my most healthiest and slimmest having been training for a marathon!!

  5. mercyjm says:

    Such a good post, thank you for writing it. I am not and won’t be a mum, but I still find it utterly repulsive that women are targeted in this way.

  6. mariekeates says:

    My first so. Was born at the same time as William and I’m pretty sure I never lost my baby weight! Lol Actually I am probably slimmer and fitter now than I was before I had him thirty one years ago but it is only in the last four years I’ve become that way. Being happy is a far more important attribute in a mother than being slim I think 🙂

  7. runningjules says:

    Great post, and couldn’t agree more! For the first 6 weeks or so, the last thing on my mind was whether my mummy tummy was on show. As someone who has always had a slightly unhealthy obsession with my weight, it was reassuring in a way that for once I didn’t have to worry about it – I had just had a baby for cripes sake! My boy is now a year old and I have just weighed in at my pre-baby weight. Sure, I am not as toned or as fit as I was before, but having a baby puts things in perspective. If someone had told me I had to lose the baby weight any faster than I did, they would have been put in their place. There is no way I’d miss out on quality time with my son just to hit the gym and get back into bikini shape! 🙂

  8. You know, I’d wondered how long it would take for someone to comment on her weight. I think she looked beautiful.

  9. TartanJogger says:

    I saw that headline only yesterday, and I agree, it’s disgraceful. While I didn’t read the article it said that they had talked to her trainer. Nice to know she can trust those around her not to head to the glossies to make a quick buck, eh? I’m still shaking my head now.

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