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Let's spare new mums the worry over their tums and bums

Yawn. Another day and two more stories appear in the papers having an apparent pop at new mums who get back into shape super quick after giving birth. I've checked and apparently this is actually not a criminal offence -- but if you read certain news reports you might well believe that it is. Indeed, you might just find yourself reaching for the phone to call the diet and exercise police to report these 'bad' mums who dare to get their figure back ASAP. You'd think they had betrayed the so-called 'sisterhood'.

Of course, what most of these slimmed-down mums have in common is the fact that they spend a lot of their time being 'papped' and having their looks and figure commented upon -- mainly by other females. Oh yes, we ladies do love to have a pop at one another.

Last weekend Denise Van Outen attended the wedding of pals David Walliams and Lara Stone with a flat stomach, just two weeks after giving birth to her first child Betsy.

So what? She trained hard -- but in a safe manner -- while she was expecting in the hope that she might get back in shape sooner rather than later. Fair play to her.

And let us not forget that she gave interviews in the run-up to the birth stating that she felt her pregnancy was part of the reason why she lost a high-profile television presenting job. The pressure on famous women to look slender and beautiful at all times is enormous.

Similarly GMTV presenter Kate Garraway, who had her second baby in October, got snapped while exercising in her local park with a trainer. How is that a story?

People were so obsessed with how she lost so much weight the first time round that she was forced to admit that she had a thyroid condition.

Certain magazines make a living from alternating their covers using the same female celebs, depending on how much weight they've lost or gained.

If you're famous you know what you've signed up for. But let's leave the new mums alone -- they've enough to cope with being sleep deprived and overwhelmed rather than having their fitness regimes questioned.


> Dee O'Keeffe