Royal ‘Mummy Tummy’ Becomes a Role Model
As the Duchess of Cambridge and her husband
Prince William, showed off their new baby son on Tuesday, Kate inadvertently
allowed a whole raft of new Mothers to breathe a sigh of relief.
Although she looked radiantly healthy with
her signature long brunette hair and subtle makeup, Kate seemed unafraid of
stepping into the glare of the world’s media clearly showing her Mummy Tummy.
What is a 'Mummy Tummy'?
The average woman puts on about two and
half stone during her pregnancy. During
that time her abdominal muscles have to stretch like no other muscle in the
human body and two thirds of women will experience their abdominal muscles
separating to allow for further expansion.
After the birth of the baby the abdominals need to realign and the body
needs time to adjust and return to normal.
For many new Mothers this can be a source of anxiety and frustration as
it’s not just about post-natal fat burning but also about strengthening muscles
too. Finding the inclination to eat
healthily and the time to exercise can be a real challenge.
Parenting website, Netmums founder Siobhan Freegard, praised
the Duchess for displaying her baby bump as she waved to crowds, dispelling the
“myth that all Mothers should be perfect post partum”.
“In a couple of minutes on the steps of the
Lindo Wing, Kate has done more for new mums’ self esteem than any other role
model.” She said. “Sadly, too many
celebrities often have ultra fast tummy tucks or strap themselves down to
emerge in tiny size 6 jeans, leaving everyone else feeling inadequate. Kate shows what a real Mum looks like – and
natural is beautiful.” She added, “Undoubtedly
over the coming weeks, the Duchess will work hard to regain her figure but
she’s proved herself a healthy role model for real mums around the world.”
Top 10 Tips To Feeling Fitter After Pregnancy:
- You should wait until at least
6 weeks after the birth of your baby to embark on a post-pregnancy fitness regime and at least
10 weeks if you’ve had a cesarean section.
Ensure that you seek the advice of your medical practitioner and discuss
any complications such as symphasis pubis or any other musculoskeletal
- Walking with your baby in a
pram is good for you both. Gentle
exercise, fresh air and a chance to socialize – it’s ideal in those first few
weeks after the birth of your
- Swimming is a wonderful aerobic
activity that you can take as gently or as energetically as you want to.
- Pelvic Floor Exercises –
throughout pregnancy the weight of your baby, the stretching of muscles and
relaxing of ligaments can create a weak pelvic floor. The slightest cough, sneeze or unguarded
laugh can result in embarrassing accidents.
Gentle but regular exercise such as pelvic tilts and an exercise known
as the The Kagel, can help strengthen and restore your pelvic floor muscles to
- Enroll in a postnatal exercise
class – ideal for meeting up with other new Moms who’ll
understand how you’re
feeling. There are plenty of classes
that encourage you to bring your baby to class and you can even involve your
baby by doing ‘baby bridges’, ‘baby chest presses’ etc.
- Don’t overdo it! Be kind to yourself – stop & seek medical
advice if you experience heavy bleeding, excessive soreness or headaches.
- If you’re breastfeeding,
exercise after you’ve fed your baby – it’ll be a lot more comfortable.
- Get a good sports bra and
exercise in clothes you feel good in.
- Join forces with other Moms to
help motivate your healthy eating and fitness plans.
- Don’t give up! Little and
often is going to be your motto – it took you 9 months to create your baby and
for your shape to change and it’s going to take at least 9 months to return to
What piece of advice would you give to any new Moms – what do you wish someone had told you?