The Australian model is known as ‘the body,’ but even Elle Macpherson admits she lost her post-baby weight way too fast. Now she’s encouraging new mothers to take it easy.
Take your time
Opening up to a pregnant Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (30), in an interview for Harper’s Bazaar, 53-year-old Elle said she had felt a lot of pressure to shed weight after the birth of her first child, Arpad Flynn, and ended up dropping the weight in just three weeks. This, she admits, “was not a good example.”
“It was not a healthy way of doing it,” Elle continued. “I wouldn’t do that again and I certainly didn’t do it for my second baby (Aurelius Cy).”
Speaking of the pressures many women face to snap back to normal, Elle told Rosie: “If I could give advice to any woman having a baby, it’s to take your time.”
Go slow, stay healthy
In her interview, Elle urged fellow supermodel Rosie, and all other mothers, to lose the baby weight slowly, and keep remembering that a few months is nothing in the grand scheme of things. Her comments were timed perfectly for Rosie, who is pregnant with her first child to fiance Jason Statham, 49.
The rest of us also appreciate realistic reminders like this, especially when so many new mums are exposed to post-baby-weight miracle stories on social media. The truth is, for 99.9% of us human beings, it takes many months to get back to normal, and even then, it’s a new kind of normal.
Celebrate your postpartum body
Thankfully more mums are embracing their postpartum body and pedalling a message of self-love, strength, health and awe at what their baby-making bodies are capable of.
Here are just a few mums who are embracing their stripes and beautiful mummy softness:
View this post on Instagram
I'm posting this tonight with tears in my eyes. I can't help it. The pregnancy and birth of my little girl was the most amazing thing I've ever been a part of. Some people don't want kids, and I respect that. Really, I do. But for me, You see, I always have. When it finally happened though, it was so hard to fully comprehend. Pregnancy and babies, I mean that's common. It's everywhere. But when it's YOUR body and YOUR baby, it's so different. You literally feel like it's a miracle. Because, when it happens to you, it is. What brings me to Instagram tonight, is the post-baby. I followed SO many pregnant models during my pregnancy. And when they photographed themselves pool-side 5 minutes postpartum, I thought, "wow! I hope that happens to me!" I was 25 when I gave birth. I was healthy. I was young. I stayed active during my pregnancy. I took the best prenatals, went to the gym, used every kind of stretch mark prevention you could think of. I took hours of birthing classes, read every book under the sun, and studied natural childbirth my whole pregnancy. I STILL ended up with a traumatic labor, cesarean section, scars, stretch marks, and unfortunately the inability to breastfeed long term. I took this picture a few days after I gave birth, when my PPD really first reared its head into my life. I took this and actually was horrified. I couldn't believe it was me. I'm sharing it because I know in my heart that there are people out there that struggle with inadequacy. That might think they are not beautiful, that they might be ruined, less worthy, or not good enough. Yours might not actually be physical scars, but maybe, a failed relationship, a difficulty in your career, a mental struggle, money issues, or just feeling lost in life. Be kind to yourself. And know that you are not alone. Comparison is the thief of joy. Don't let social media taint your view of what is beautiful, what is REAL. And above all, know that if you are struggling, I am here. I have an open inbox or (if you actually know me) an open door. #stopcensoringmotherhood #nofilter
View this post on Instagram
I read something a while ago that struck a cord – "The truth is, many of us are in abusive relationships with our bodies, internally beating ourselves up every time we gain a few pounds, externally jeopardizing our health with crash diets, binge eating, even serious surgeries. Poor body image is passed on like a computer virus from mother to daughter, its disadvantages well documented: low self-esteem, sexual promiscuity, smoking (weight control being a major factor in the rise of smoking among teenage girls), and eating disorders—which can kill." From the queen herself, Oprah! #praise Fostering positive body image is so much more important than we think. In a modern era, where children are so accesible through modern technology and media platforms it's easy to blame everyone else – but it starts at home! It starts with us! Their first and most important role models! Some days I may be critical, I may not think my body is perfect! But to her I am a queen, a goddess, to her I'm everything, to her I'm perfect! And that's all that matters! 😊
Feel better about your post-baby bod
We can’t help but think the best way forward after baby is to simply focus on strength and health, rather than weight loss. After all, those first six weeks are essentially a healing phase. And even the first few months are more about getting some strength back in your pelvic floor, and boosting your nutritional intake to help you body cope with all the changes.
How do you feel about post-baby weight loss?