After giving birth, try not to feel under pressure

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Royal baby fever has well and truly hit with the birth of a bouncing baby boy.

By now this is news that pretty much everyone will have heard.

Kate looked radiant as she stepped out with a small glimpse of the new third in line to the throne, George Alexander Louis.

So, just one day after and all eyes were not only on the new baby, but also on Kate herself – already some magazines are reporting about her post-baby body diet.

I remember how I felt after giving birth and I certainly wouldn’t have wanted all eyes on me at such an early stage, and Kate didn’t show any signs of a long birth.

However, there has been no time wasted with stories on Kate’s post-baby body, which I actually feel is a little bit of a shame.

There is generally a vast amount of pressure placed on new mothers to look a certain way and to have the perfect body, especially after giving birth.

This should ultimately be the last thing on a new mother’s mind.

I fell into this trap too and I remember thinking that my body would just ping back to exactly how it was before my twins came along.

To be honest, it never really has gone back to what it was.

But what I have now I am much happier with than before having children. I have become more confident in myself.

So, my advice for Kate and any new mother is to be kind to themselves.

The body is an amazing and beautiful thing, but carrying a growing baby for nine months and then giving birth is a huge stress on it.

You and your body need time to recover from the experience before any more stress is added to the mix.

The recovery itself should be gradual and completely depends on how the individual feels.

A good, healthy diet will always be the first step to a speedy recovery, and getting the right nutrients on a daily basis will benefit both the mother and baby, especially if you’re breast feeding.

Include lots of fresh vegetables and fruit in your daily diet, along with plenty of water.

If you are breastfeeding, then water is even more important as you will become dehydrated much more quickly as feeding baby takes priority.

Even if you aren’t feeding, water is important as it will keep the skin hydrated and help with cell renewal.

In turn, this will help improve skin tone and reduces lines and stretch marks.

A healthy diet will also help with the balance of hormones and will give mum much more energy to cope with the lifestyle that comes with a new arrival.

Exercise can be gradually introduced regularly, but remember it’s putting stress on the body and certain hormones released before birth (relaxin) will cause the ligaments on all joints to become more relaxed and prone to injury.

These hormones stay in the body post-birth and continue being produced while breastfeeding.

So it is best to get professional advice on how introduce the right post-natal exercise.

The best form of exercise to do is hypopresives – this combines work on posture (helps with lower back pain), pelvic floor tone and core re-training.

It’s also safe to start from five weeks after giving birth.

It’s more important for new mums to start with this type of exercise than any other as it gives the body a chance to heal.

It will also retrain the core to work correctly and helps the body cope with intra-abdominal pressure that causes pelvic floor weakness.

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Nikki Caputa is a health and fitness coach who works one-to-one with clients and runs her own fitness camps where she trains groups.

Known as FAB Body Bootcamps, two are based in Fareham and one is in Portsmouth.

Nikki is also an ambassador for Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.

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