After giving birth, a new mother not only has a beautiful bundle of sweetness to love, but she's usually left with a sore lower back, tight hips, and tense shoulders as well. Here's a relaxing and rejuvenating yoga sequence that's sure to bring relief.
Suck it in! New mama Christina Applegate appeared on The Tonight Show last night to talk about her highly anticipated new show Up All Night. On the way to tape the show, the actress sent out a hilariously revealing tweet that read, "On my way to the Tonight Show. Spend a little time with Jay. My spanx are so tight I feel I may faint. Good times . . ."
When Leno complimented the actress on her postbaby body, the never-shy Christina jokingly responded "Don't let all the girdles fool you! I have this thing on called a Mother Tucker. It's for mothers, and it's a tucker!" Mother Tuckers are compression tanks that smooth and shape the midsection and, like Spanx, are a must have among new Hollywood mamas. See how the new mama describes the shaping garment, how she's handling new motherhood, and what a "bed day" is in the clip above!
New momma Kourtney Kardashian gave birth to her son on Dec. 14, and she's already on the cover of OK! magazine looking like she's back to her prebaby body. Before you get all jealous or outraged, you should know that the photo is a lie, and Kourtney is not pleased. She told Women's Wear Daily, "They doctored and photoshopped my body to make it look like I have already lost all the weight, which I have not."
Kourtney also twittered, "One of those weeklies got it wrong again . . . they didn’t have an exclusive with me. And I gained 40 pounds while pregs, not 26 . . . But thanks!" Kourtney never even spoke to OK! for the cover story.
It's great to hear a celeb come forward and tell the truth about being photoshopped, and although I have my opinions about the Kardashians, this definitely makes me respect Kourtney a little more.
According to Us, Kourtney is all a-Twitter about her latest food choices — P.F. Chang's and Pinkberry. This new mommy isn't too concerned with dieting at the moment and is focusing on taking care of her wee one. But when she is ready to get serious about losing the weight, I hope she utilizes good old-fashioned exercise (like she did when she was prego) and a healthy diet, rather than sketchy diet products.
In an interview with US Weekly, it seems this mom is a little more realistic when it comes to shaping up her body after giving birth. Heidi told the magazine:
"I wouldn't say I'm back in the shape yet. But I don't know. Everything changes when you get older. It was different when I was 31 with the first one. Now, being 36 with the fourth one, it's different."
It seems to me the mom is setting a realistic expectation for getting back in shape and going about it the right way. She knows that it takes some work to get the bod you want, saying that, "For me, it always works to get back into it immediately. I think that if you wait too long, it kind of sticks on and it stays there forever. I have to be motivated." Still, she's not gym-crazed or diet-obsessed, adding that she's not exercising too much for now: "I walk on the treadmill a little bit. I walk on the driveway. I'm very active with the children." Sure, she's blessed with some supermodel genes (and possibly a very long driveway), but even still, Heidi's take on weight loss seems surprisingly down-to-earth to me — do you agree?
As a professional athlete, Kerri's sense of body image goes beyond the numbers on the scale. She admitted that a lot of the 36 pounds came off during the first week after giving birth, but commented, "Now I just need to build my muscle because I'm skinny soft, which is the worst thing to be."
Kerri knows that a slender appearance does not imply a fit body. The benefits of exercising go way beyond looking good. Summer is the perfect time to work out in the sand; go for a walk, a run, or get inspired by Kerri and organize a group for a fun game of beach volleyball.
Milla Jovovich just made my day. I have to smile whenever I hear supermodels or celebrities admit they have to work insanely hard to achieve their postpregnancy bodies, and this model mom told her story about struggling to lose 70 pounds after giving birth in November 2007. She's in the business of looking amazing, so her ability to get back to work depended on shedding the dozens of pregnancy pounds.
The stunning supermodel said she slimmed down with "Diet and lots of exercise, I worked my big, little butt off," adding "It’s been a lot of work and I’ve been working with Harley Pasternak and his 5-Factor program, they actually have diet food sent to my house. At one point I just ate oatmeal, salmon, and artichokes every day for a week. It was definitely a lot easier putting it on!"
Milla isn't holding back the real deal behind what it took to lose 70 pounds. Not only did she have a professionally prescribed diet plan, she had the food delivered to her house and was extremely limited on what she was allowed to eat. It's a refreshing reminder about the resources available to models and celebrities that might not be accessible to us, and I commend Milla for her honesty and hard work at the gym.
In a world where some celebrities claim breastfeeding is their trick to shedding pregnancy pounds, it's refreshing when famous new moms acknowledge that achieving a pre-pregnancy body wasn't all peaches. Jessica Alba looked amazing just a couple months after giving birth to her baby this Summer and her trainer, Ramona Braganza, told the world that Jessica shed the weight by eating right and exercising for an hour, five or six days a week.
Braganza wasn't lying when she said that her client lost weight with a healthy diet and exercise, but the process wasn't easy for Jessica. In fact, in a recent interview with Elle, the actress said that giving birth was easier than the workouts she was doing to get in shape for her Campari calendar campaign. Jessica said, "The workouts were horrible. I cried. And I haven't worked out since." If childbirth couldn't compete with her exercise routine, it's no wonder she gave up on them.
To learn what else Jessica tried in the effort to get her pre-pregnancy body back, read more
It seemed to be the year of celebrity babies in 2008, so it makes sense that we've been hearing so much about the famous new moms' post pregnancy bodies these days. More often than not, it seems celeb mamas shed extra weight in the matter of a few months, which just isn't feasible for most women. It's refreshing to learn when moms take a slow and steady approach, like Spice Girl Emma Bunton.
It took Emma a year to get back to her previous weight, and while Naomi Watts insists that breastfeeding is the key to her weight-loss, Emma explained her breastfeeding reality and said, "I did it very naturally and slowly, I went to the gym two or three times a week and ate healthily. I breastfed, so you can't go on stupid strict diets."
Aside from taking care of her baby
spice, Emma makes time for her boyfriend Jade Jones and her friends. Her attitude toward food is all about moderation, and the proud mom said, "It's got to be about balance though, being healthy but not letting it rule your life. When my friends ask me 'round and say, 'Let's get a pizza,' I would hate to be the only person picking at the pepperoni."
It amazes me how celebs like Tori Spelling, Jessica Alba, and Christina Aguilera have slimmed down so quickly after having their babies. Another new mom, Naomi Watts, can join that list too. The 40-year-old actress is already close to her pre-baby figure since giving birth to her second just about a month ago. She owes it all to breastfeeding. Naomi explained to People magazine that her son is "sucking it all out of me, it seems. And when the baby comes out, it's a lot of weight right there."
While it's true that breastfeeding does burn up a lot of calories, solely nursing to lose baby weight isn't the magic pill. It's a combination of that, eating right, and exercising that can help a new mom shrink down to the size she was before becoming pregnant. It is good to remember that some women just lose baby weight more easily than others; I think genes play a role in this process.