Monday 24 November 2014

Michelle Doherty: Pressure on mums to lose weight 'ridiculous'

Kirsty Blake Knox 
and Danielle Stephens

Published 26/08/2014 | 02:30

New mother Michelle Doherty, with help from her baby Max, launched First 1,000 Days Awareness Week yesterday. Photo: Naoise Culhane
New mother Michelle Doherty, with help from her baby Max, launched First 1,000 Days Awareness Week yesterday. Photo: Naoise Culhane
New mother Michelle Doherty, with help from her baby Max, launched First 1,000 Days Awareness Week yesterday. Photo: Naoise Culhane

Broadcaster Michelle Doherty has spoken out about the unnecessary pressure placed on new mothers to shift "post pregnancy baby weight". Doherty and her partner Mark O'Shea welcomed their first son Max into the world earlier this month. er

"I think there is definitely pressure on women to bounce back and it is completely ridiculous," Doherty told the Irish Independent.

"I am a human being and I have been carrying a child in my body for nine months, which is obviously going to change my shape and how I look.

"It's another pressure new mums don't need. You have enough on your plate without wondering how Victoria Beckham managed to get rid of her tummy.

"The emphasis should be on eating healthily not losing weight."

Doherty, a former model and radio DJ, says her priorities have "changed completely" since becoming a mother.

"Having a baby is a miracle," she said. "Worrying about fitting into jeans becomes less important when you have this little person to take care of. I'm in no hurry to get back to the gym. I am taking things at my own pace."

Doherty was talking at the launch of First 1,000 Days Awareness Week which runs from September 1-7. The initiative aims to highlight the importance of nutrition during pregnancy and the first months of a child's life.

Irish Independent

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