17th August 2012
With all the celebs we see stepping out with super-trim bodies just a matter of weeks after giving birth, we could be forgiven for thinking that quick weight loss is the norm after pregnancy.
However, as any new mum will know, with all the demands of caring for a newborn as well as recovering from childbirth, rapidly shedding pregnancy weight is neither healthy nor realistic.
Which is why it was so refreshing to hear actress Amanda Holden opening up about her weight gain after pregnancy and claiming that she isn't too concerned to be carrying a few extra pounds.
The 41-year-old suffered a complicated labour when giving birth to her second daughter, Hollie Rose, in January and required a number of emergency blood transfusions.
And now despite the fact she says she is heavier than before, the Britain's Got Talent judge claims she is just happy to have come through the traumatic experience and is fit and healthy.
"I'm lucky. Through all of my pregnancies, I was just baby," she told New! magazine.
"I don't weigh myself but I can feel I'm heavier than I was before I was pregnant, but I don't care."
Amanda also went on to discuss how having her daughters has affected her relationship with husband Chris Hughes, who she has been married to since 2008.
"I think children can make or break a relationship and I think it's made ours stronger. We bicker like anything but I love him to bits," she added.
Although it can be tempting to try and shift the pregnancy weight soon after you give birth, it is never a good idea to put yourself under any pressure to shed the pounds.
Instead, try adopting Amanda's attitude and accept that you may be a little bigger for a while and focus on leading a healthy lifestyle for you and your baby.
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