2nd April 2012
In the fug of first-time motherhood, it can be easy to lose track of hours and days at a time while you bask in the newly forged bond with your baby.
Sometimes you won't leave the house for a few days after birth because you want to make the most of your newborn, but when you make that first trip outside, blinking as you emerge into the sunset, you'll want an outfit that makes the most of your post-pregnancy curves rather than feeling self-conscious about your stomach.
Actress and singer Hilary Duff has been pictured out and about following the birth of her son, Luca Cruz, on March 20th. The 24-year-old looked confident and glowing in a pair of pale leopard print skinny jeans, strappy tan wedge sandals and a navy blue blouse, which she teamed with gold hoop earrings, a satchel and pair of sunglasses.
The new mum has been taking to Twitter to let her fans know that she's ready to get back into shape, telling followers: "20 minutes on the elliptical seems like an eternity!!! What the hell…"
However, women's health expert Tim Weeks believes some new mums can overdo it with the exercise in the first few weeks post-partum when they need to be resting up.
"Too many women try to start losing their pregnancy tummy too soon. Your insides have been to hell and back for nine months, so you should give your body time to heal," he advised.
"Once you are back up to speed, you need to rewire all your muscles around your pelvis. The stomach doesn't work in isolation and needs all its surrounding muscles to work in partnership to regain your tummy."
Mr Weeks added that first time mums should start off with very simple exercises to "reawaken the muscles", and once the preparation has been done it can be a "relatively quick process" to get the stomach back to its pre-baby flatness.
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