Hollywood actress Hilary Duff has spoken out about the pressure to lose the baby weight after giving birth to her first child, seven-month-old Luca.
The star, who famously said she saw being pregnant as a “free pass” to eat whatever she wanted, also revealed she’s as bemused by celebrity mums who snap back into shape straight after giving birth as we are.
“There are some women who look the same right after [giving birth] - I think they are freaks of nature!” she told parents.com.
The ex-Lizzie McGuire actress added that being in the public eye puts even more pressure on her because people think she’s trying to show off her post baby body.
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“There are photographers following me every day. So you feel the pressure because of what people write about you,” she said in the interview.
“Not that they're personal attacks, but obviously, when you see "Hilary Debuts Post-Baby Body!" you want to tell people, "No, actually, I was just going out to get a coffee."
She also talked about being a young mum, falling pregnant with her first child with husband Mike Comrie, 32, when she was 24.
“I'm at a totally different spot than a lot of my friends,” said the 25-year-old.
“But they're all very excited about hanging out with Luca. You've asked me a tough question, because I don't really know what the alternative is.”
For now, the star is enjoying spending time with her new family and appears to have a relaxed, sensible approach to losing the baby weight.
“It takes your body nine months to get there - really ten months,” she said.
“So I'm trying to be patient - but I'm working hard.”
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She’s not the only new mum whose post-baby body has been the subject of media scrutiny. Jessica Simpson, the new face of WeightWatchers, has admitted struggling with her weight loss plans.
Do you think the media obsession with celebrity baby weight puts pressure on new mums?