8th June 2012
We've all seen celebrities who are sporting a blossoming baby bump one minute and then have given birth and are showing off their svelte slim pre-pregnancy body the next.
And as much we as accept that the A-list world of personal trainers and nutritionists makes weight loss that much easier, we can't help but ask, how do they do it?
Well (unhealthy faddy diets and excessive exercise aside), it seems that one of the best ways to get back into shape after the birth of your little one is to stay active during pregnancy.
While no new mum should ever put herself under pressure to shed the baby weight and the main priority should always be health of the mother and child, engaging in gentle exercise while expecting will not only make you better prepared for the birth but will also help you regain your figure once your newborn has arrived.
This seems to be the advice that Neve Cambell has been taking, as the pregnant actress was spotted by the Daily Mail this week decked out in casual maternity wear as she enjoyed a stroll with her dogs in Santa Monica, California.
Despite being in her third trimester, the 38-year-old seems determined to stay active and healthy as she prepares for the arrival of her first child with boyfriend JJ Field.
Although there has been some confusion in the past about whether it's safe to exercise while pregnant, recent research has shown that moderate exercise during pregnancy won't harm your unborn child's health.
Study co-author Dr Linda Szymanski, an assistant professor in the division of maternal-foetal medicine at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, said: "Healthy pregnant women who exercise should be encouraged to continue, and if a woman is pregnant and is not an exerciser, she should be encouraged to start a moderate exercise programme."
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