Gemma Atkinson has been praised for posting photos of her post-baby body. The mum, who welcomed her daughter Mia six weeks ago, said she was proud of her post baby curves.
The mum posted a series of photos to her Instagram account where she told her followers about her exercise plan.
She wrote, “This is me 6 weeks and 4 days post emergency C section. After a section there’s no physical activity or lifting for AT LEAST 6wks. Exercise has been a big part of my life for the last 10yrs, so mentally at first I found it tough not being able to move like I wanted.”
The mum explained that she didn’t just want to “snap back” after giving birth to Mia, especially after having a C-section.
“At my heaviest carrying Mia I was 89kg. I usually sit comfortably around 72kg so I gained just over 2 and a half stone. I’m currently 76kg so I’m just over half a stone off my pre pregnancy weight,” Gemma shared.
The mum continued, “Obviously everything is a lot softer, my body fat is higher and my muscle mass lower, so scales aside (I hate scales) I have a lot of work to do!”
Gemma explained that she has been given the go ahead to start gentle exercises, which includes short walks, glute bridges and pelvic floor exercises.
The former actress stressed that she won’t be starting weight training until the 16 week mark. “I want to do it sensibly and ensure my ab separation closes. I’m lucky that my abs only parted 1cm when it could have been over 6cm. Despite the madness & trauma getting Mia into this world she actually caused very minimal damage.”
Gemma may be eager to return to her fitness routine, but the new mum stressed that no parent should ever feel pressured to lose their baby weight instantly.
“I hope new mums realise they don’t have to be back to their post baby body so quickly. Growing a human for nine months is a big deal and it’ll take longer than a few weeks to get your body back to how you want it,” she said.
“The bigger picture is that even if I couldn’t and I had to wait even longer, it’s ok because I have the most beautiful little healthy girl and the last six weeks at home have been exhaustingly wonderful.
“I said I’ll keep you posted on my pre baby training so I will. It starts tomorrow with a 30 min walk with mum and Mia and I’m going to be more aware of my food choices and eat like I did before being pregnant. In the meantime, I’m happy taking training slowly and it’s actually quite nice to rock some curves, Gorka loves them,” she joked.
“Congrats to all mums and mums to be! We’ve done ace, we’re wonderful and our little humans think we’re the best thing in the world,” Gemma gushed.