Admit it, we’d all like to say that, like Miranda Kerr, our bodies were runway-worthy six weeks after giving birth. But back in the real world, that certainly was not the case for me, and I suspect, most of you. My second son is now three and a half months and while I’m happy to report I’m back in my skinny jeans (just) – gotta love that breastfeeding – lets just say I’m far from on form.
Having happily stacked on 20 kilos throughout the incubation period – the recommended weight gain is 10-12 kilos but when else can you eat what you want without guilt – I now fantasise about pounding the pavement. Or signing up for Pilates. A fantasy sadly is where it ends. I’ve never been much of a gym junkie – frankly who has the time or inclination, even without a newborn, let alone severe sleep deprivation. And it’s not like breastfeeding mothers can embark on one of those silly starvation diets.
Something however has to be done. Maybe it’s the second time round, but I need to lose the back fat, bid adieu to the love handles, reclaim my waist and try to return my tummy to its former glory (OK it was never that flat to begin with, but being stretched to its limit yet again has resulted in quite a wobble).
Comparing oneself to the likes of Miranda Kerr, Heidi Klum or Victoria Beckham, is however a very dangerous game. Oh how those supermodels and cashed-up celebrities love to flaunt how fast they’ve shed the baby bulge. I’m sure we’d all look like that with the help of an A-list personal trainer, 24/7 chef, stylist and night nurse – not the mention the blessing of fabulous genetics.
“Supermodels like Miranda Kerr have a different body and different metabolism so it’s like comparing apples to oranges and you should never do it,” say Rhian Allen who turned her back on a stressful corporate career after the birth of her first baby – a boy, now 10 months – to tap into her passion for good health and nutrition.