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Workout Tips For New Moms

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Whether you were a workout fanatic or an exercise newbie before becoming a mom, we’re guessing you want to take care of that post-baby bod in some way, shape, or form. Here to help: Simone de la Rue, a celebrity trainer and fitness instructor in Los Angeles, and author of Body By Simone. Celeb moms like Naomi Watts swear by her method.

In her book, which is filled with meal plans, nutrition tips, and exercise moves, de la Rue addresses both the pregnant and postpartum mom, stressing the importance of consulting a physician prior to working out. New mamas looking to lose a few pounds, take note: de la Rue says women who underwent C-sections should be careful when performing abdominal work (ask your doc when it’s safe to start, and take it easy on those crunches!). And don’t hold yourself to ridiculously high standards.”Sometimes, you simply don’t have the time or energy to work out,” de la Rue writes. “This is totally fine!”

The key is to slowly get back into the groove. De la Rue recommends new moms try out her Level I: Corps de Ballet workouts. “Stick to the low-impact moves for a month or two to allow your body to regain some strength,” she writes. “After that, ease back into the regular routines.” As de la Rue reminds new and expectant moms, cardio, “contrary to what you might think, gives you a boost of energy.”

Anyone who’s tried a Body By Simone workout knows you’re going to break a sweat! A soothing shower with a cleanser like Olay Ultra Moisture Bar ($5.99 for 6) will feel great afterward.

In New York City or Los Angeles? Sign up for a Body By Simone class! Elsewhere? You can still squeeze in a workout from the comfort of your home. This one even incorporates Baby!

Exercise With Baby: Quads, Hamstrings and Butt
Exercise With Baby: Quads, Hamstrings and Butt
Exercise With Baby: Quads, Hamstrings and Butt

Image courtesy of Body By Simone. 

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Premiering Today! New YouTube Series Addresses Postpartum Depression

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Actress Anna Paquin in the new series "Susanna"


“First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in the baby carriage,” I used to sing gayly on the blacktop at recess as I jumped rope. It all sounds so nice and simple, like a present wrapped in a bow. But as we all know, life is not as easy as the jingle had us believe when we were young, particularly the part about having kids.

More women are beginning to discuss the struggles and more serious medical side-effects of giving birth— specifically postpartum depression—but the subject still feels taboo. Director/writer/producer Jon Avnet hopes that his new YouTube series Susanna on the WIGS channel will help eliminate the stigma associated with the condition. The drama tells the story of Katie (Anna Paquin), a new mom suffering from acute postpartum depression, and her younger sister Susanna (Maggie Grace), who must step in to care for her newborn niece when it is clear that Katie’s illness is dire.

According to Postpartum Support International, 15 percent of women experience major or minor depression after the birth of their child. Yet, so many of us are in the dark about the condition and its symptoms. Like Katie, women experiencing postpartum depression often feel a lack of connection to the baby they were so looking forward to meeting. As a new mom, Katie feels rejected, like her baby is a stranger to her. Avnet combines Katie’s feelings of insecurity with the sleep deprivation and uncertainty that every new mother experiences to create a relatable and powerful story.

Each episode is a quick but impactful 10-minute view into Katie’s world, showing suffering mothers that they are not alone, postpartum depression is more common than we think, and there is no shame in talking about it and seeking help.

Susanna starring Anna Paquin and Maggie Grace debuts with six episodes Friday, June 14 on WIGS.

Click here to watch a preview clip of the series.

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Emily Procter of ‘CSI: Miami’ on Being a New Mom

Monday, March 7th, 2011

emily-procter-paradeOn “CSI: Miami,” she totes a gun as Detective Calleigh Duquesne, but in real life actress Emily Procter is now toting something softer–a new baby girl, Philippa Frances. 

According to a new story on, the new mother just gave birth at 42-years-old, after struggling for a long time with infertility.  Speaking openly, Procter shares she had IUI (intrauterine insemination) and IVF (in vitro fertilization) two times. She and her husband, music producer Paul Bryan, also considered adoption. 

As a child, Procter herself was adopted by a couple in North Carolina, who later divorced when she was 3-years-old.  Depite the divorce, Procter grew up feeling very loved and close to her family, which also included an adopted brother.  In the end, Procter and her husband decided to forego the long process of adoption and also stop the treatments.  Once this happened, Procter became pregnant naturally and gave birth to a baby around 7 pounds.

However, adoption isn’t fully off the table–Proctor may adopt a child over 5-years-old in a few years.  In the meantime, she’s finally enjoying the sweet joys of motherhood.

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