Thursday, June 19, 2008

Fab Post-Pregnancy Bods... 2nd Edition!

Ready for a little inspiration?

Check out these hot celebrity post-pregnancy bods!!

They've whipped their bodies back into shape faster than you can say "PILATES"


Continue reading to check out their tips and tricks
about getting back into shape after baby...

Halle Berry



According to Bounty.com, Hollywood actress Halle Berry has revealed a glamorous figure just months after giving birth to her first child. People magazine has revealed the secrets of the 41-year-old's post-pregnancy workout with trainer Ramona Braganza.

"Their sessions include three cardio segments - on the elliptical, as well as kickboxing and then a stairs or hill climb - then she also does a strength-training routine that includes abdominal work and leg exercises," the magazine stated.

In addition to working out, Berry reportedly drinks lots of water and eats plenty of vegetables, complex carbohydrates and lean proteins.


Baby Nahla Ariela Aubry was born on March 16th and is the first child of both Berry and her model boyfriend Gabriel Aubry. The Academy Award winning actress allegedly took 35 home pregnancy kits before fully believing the result. She told In Style magazine that she loved being pregnant and wanted the birth to be the "biggest bang" she could imagine in case she only gets to do it once.


Jennifer Lopez



London (ANI): Latino pop star Jennifer Lopez insists that she is in no rush to follow the footsteps of mums Victoria Beckham or Gwyneth Paltrow to drop the weight gained during pregnancy.

The 38-year-old singer revealed that her kids Max and Emme are her priorities right now. "I gained a good amount of weight, which I was focused on because twins can sometimes have a low birth weight" The Sun quoted her as telling OK! Magazine. "I gained 45-50lbs, a lot for my frame, but for twins it's right on," she added.

Lopez also said that is she is proud of her new figure. "It's amazing how your stomach goes boop and it's this jiggly mass. I even play with my little leftover belly," she added.


Cate Blanchett



Daily Mail , Donna McConnell - She may have been feeling the pressure more than most new mothers to regain her figure after giving birth four weeks ago.

But it was worth it as actress Cate Blanchett looked stunning as she graced the red carpet at the opening ceremony at Cannes Film Festival last night.

Dressed in a pale peach coloured, ruffled Armani Prive gown, Cate - who celebrated her 39th birthday last night - cut a typically elegant figure at what was her first red carpet event since giving birth to son Ignatius Martin.

The Oscar-winning actress gave birth to her third child in Sydney on April 13th. Cate and her playwright husband Andrew Upton already have two sons: Dashiell John, aged six, and Roman Robert, aged three.

Although she rarely speaks about how she maintains her svelte figure she has shared her thoughts on why she would never submit to plastic surgery. The mother-of-three insists she is proud of her imperfections and would never consider turning to surgery to fix them. She has told Glamour magazine: "I see someone's face, someone's body who has had children, and I think they're the song lines of your experience, and why would you want to eradicate that? "Death is not going to be any easier just because your face can't move."


Naomi Watts



New mom Naomi Watts says juggling work and motherhood is hard – but looking svelte post-pregnancy is easy if you know how.

The 39-year-old actress and new mom, who gave birth to son Alexander Pete less than three months ago, showed off a trim and toned physique on Monday night while hosting a Calvin Klein event in London

Her secret? "I've got a lot of solid undergarments," she giggled to PEOPLE as she looked down at her figure-hugging black Calvin Klein sheath dress.

And of course a fabulous designer dress helps as well. "Good classic lines can also help cheer up an out of shape body," she said with a nod to her co-host, Calvin Klein designer Francisco Costa.


Isla Fisher



ABC - Aussie actress Isla Fisher, pictured at left Oct. 14, 2007, looked as if she was about to pop when she went out shopping just days before giving birth. The starlet, who's engaged to "Borat" star Sascha Baron Cohen, admitted to USA Today that her post-pregnancy body, pictured at right Feb. 12, 2008, was thanks to a little help from Spanx body-shaping undergarments.


Elisabeth Hasselbeck



ABC - "I lost my baby weight without dieting," proclaims Elisabeth Hasselback on the new cover of Fitness magazine, where she appears in a bikini. The almost-31-year-old gave birth to her second child in December and just six months later is showing off her post-pregnancy belly. Hasselback tells the magazine that she focused on gaining energy, not dropping pounds, and finally feels like an athlete again.


Helena Bonham Carter



ABC - Actress Helena Bonham Carter, pictured at left Nov. 26, 2007, didn't let her protruding belly stop her from going out just weeks before she gave birth. The British star looked ravishing in red for the Jan. 10, 2008, London premiere of "Sweeney Todd," right, weeks after she gave birth to her and director Tim Burton's second child.


Salma Hayek



London, England (BANG) - Salma Hayek is using an "industrial-size breast pump" to lose her baby weight, it has been claimed. The 'Frida' actress, who gave birth to her first child Valentina Paloma last September, is resorting to extreme measures after friends told her breastfeeding is the best way to shed post-pregnancy pounds.

A friend of the actress said: "Salma has been pumping and freezing endless amounts of breast milk. When she's not feeding Valentina, she's hooked up to an industrial-size breast pump."

Lactation expert Susan Condon has warned Salma not to push her body and try to lose weight too quickly. She said: "After you have your baby, if what you eat is varied and well balanced, breastfeeding can help you lose your pregnancy weight without compromising either your health or your baby's by dieting. And you naturally burn calories to make breast milk every time you nurse.

"The best way of losing weight is to work toward a gradual weight loss, eat when you're hungry, and make sure you get enough fluids. It's the best way of losing weight easily and safely!"


Milla Jovovich



Actress Milla Jovovich shocked herself by gaining so much weight in the last four months she was pregnant, but just two months later, she's already back to her sexy self.

Milla gave birth to her daughter Ever Gabo Anderson on Nov. 3, 2007. This is her first child, but she wasn't expecting to gain as much weight as she did.

As she wrote on her site during her pregnancy: "I am so huge, you guys! I've gained almost 70 pounds (five stone) in the last four months! It's unbelievable how quickly it all happened, all I did was eat three bagels every morning with butter, peanut butter and jelly all over them, a few boxes of Krispy Kreme donuts for lunch and boom! I'm tipping the scale at 195! Man, that came out of nowhere! Well maybe not completely out of nowhere!"

The hard-working actress was motivated to burn off the weight quickly by having to show up to the set of her latest film and wedge herself into costumes for yet another action-drama role; she starts pre-production on Azazel later this month.


Tameka Foster



ABC - Tameka Foster at the unveiling of the Usher's fragrances, Usher for Men and Usher for Women, in New York on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2007. /Tamika Foster and Musician Usher at the 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the Staples Center on February 10, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.


Stella McCartney



ABC - Fashion designer Stella McCartney certainly seems to know a thing or two about pregnancy wear. McCartney, pictured at left Nov. 27, 2008, covered up in black in the months leading up to Jan. 8, 2008, when she gave birth . McCartney, pictured at right Feb. 13, 2008, went for the same slimming wardrobe choices (black) when she reappeared on the red carpet a month after she welcomed her second child.


Melissa Joan Hart

OK - "Melissa Joan Hart is absolutely bewitched by her two sons! The former Sabrina, the Teenage Witch star and her Course of Nature husband Mark Wilkerson welcomed their second child, Braydon "Brady" Hart, on March 12, and life can't get any better. "

According to Celebrity Beauty Buzz, "Melissa Joan Hart is a fan of the Fresh Mommy program. A meal delivery whose meals are balanced to maximize nutritional value for women who are pregnant and new mothers who are breastfeeding. Melissa eats three meals a day, three snacks, and a small dessert which is all delivered daily (super-helpful when taking care of a newborn).

Fitness is also a part of Melissa’s pregnancy weight-loss plan. She did Prenatal Pilates throughout her second pregnancy and because of that she only gained 35 lbs. Post-pregnancy her workout includes resistance training to help increase muscle tone."


Brooke Burke



Knocked Up Celebs - Brooke Burke is only 4 weeks post partum from having her her baby boy, Shaya, and already she is fitting into her jeans! At Brooke’s site Baboosh Baby she blogged about it:

Hi,

I squeezed into my jeans today, yeah! I am not sharing that to boast or to make anyone who is struggling with her baby weight feel inadequate.  I simply want to tell you what I have been doing in hopes that it may help some of you.

First, I have promised to keep this blog real so I will start with some of my Tauts thoughts.  Binding your belly after birth can get really annoying, but boy does it work!  I cannot wait at times to take it off and I do that for short periods through out the day when I need a break.  Also, if your skin gets itchy or irritated, take it off for a few hours and let your tummy breathe.  Other than that, I have been wearing it 24/7 and every few days I can make it a little tighter.

Lots of people have been asking about my diet so here goes. I never “diet”, but I do believe in creating healthy eating habits that you can enjoy and stick to.  I try to eat 5 times a day, small meals, every three hours or so. If I get too busy, some of those meals may be a protein bar or simply an apple and some almonds.  Here is a typical day for me:

Breakfast
oatmeal made with water, with a little brown sugar
coffee with milk and sweetener

Snack (choose one)
Non-fat yogurt
Low-fat cottage cheese with fresh pineapple
protein bar (Luna or Zone)

Lunch choose one)
chicken, lettuce, tomato, avocado, cucumber in a whole-wheat pita with olive oil, vinegar and Dijon dressing
sushi - mostly sashimi style
chicken/lettuce/cheese burrito
(I also love Matzo ball soup that I make at home with chicken, carrots and celery.)

Snack (choose one)
apple with a handful of almonds
protein shake made with nonfat milk, ½ banana, tsp. almond butter and a scoop of whey protein
tuna fish salad with celery or carrots (use low-fat mayo)
sliced turkey with almonds

Dinner (choose one)
fillet mignon with Caesar salad and asparagus
sushi
grilled salmon with veggies
chicken with a salad and grilled veggies
(Sometimes at night when I am too tired to eat a full meal, I have a bowl of my favorite cereal, Smart Start, with blue berries and non-fat milk.)

These are just some options.  I never starve, and I know that the only way for me to lose weight fast is actually by eating more often and keeping it smart.  I avoid carbs later in the day.  I never drink juice (too much sugar) and I try to stay away from bread, especially white flour.  I drink lots of water with lemon and hot green or fresh mint tea.  I only drink water, never soda.  I do have a glass of red wine with dinner sometimes, which I really enjoy.  I keep my meals small and try never to skip them.  I know how hard it can be to find the time, but many of these options can be prepared in advance and you can grab them on the go. I really do enjoy what I eat and if I am craving something bad, I have it, but only a few bites!  Small smart meals really work.  Give it a try.

Good luck!
Brooke

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  2. Fair play to her, it's not easy getting back into shape after a baby - although having millions of dollars and unlimited free time probably helps! Not that I'm bitter or anything...

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