Drew Barrymore ... Realistic expectations for weight loss and motherhood. Click for more photos

Stars who take a healthy approach to losing baby weight

Drew Barrymore ... Realistic expectations for weight loss and motherhood.

  • Speaking to <i>Sunday Express S</i>, Kate Winslet said, "I so didn't want to be one of those, 'Oh wow, she's back in shape after 12 weeks!' women. To my mind, life is just too short to be spending time focusing on things like that. I want to have fun. And that's the other thing about having children: it is so much fun. And if you spend too much of your time focusing on the wrong stuff, like how much you weigh, you forget to enjoy the fun stuff, don't you?" Winslet, 40, added, "What is so gorgeous about being the age I am is that all the ridiculous angst that I might once have felt about having a bit of cellulite or being a bit puffy in the face or whatever has just evaporated. I simply can't believe I ever spent any time wasting my life on that nonsense."
  • Winslet, mum to Mia, Joe and 2-year-old Bear, also opened up to <i>Harper's Bazaar</i> about the pressure to drop her baby weight in 2015. "I so didn't want to be one of those [post-baby dieting] women. When I read things like that, I just think, 'Oh for f--k's sake, that's actually impossible.' ... I want to keep my health and my sanity and be well fed and happy. My body will never go back to what it was and I wouldn't expect it to after three babies."
  • <i>Scandal</i> star Kerry Washington has spoken about her aim of feeling good, rather than getting back into pre-baby shape, after the birth of daughter Isabella in April 2014. “I’ve been really focused on not being ‘back’ to anything, but being the best version of myself right now,” the 38-year-old told <i>SELF</i> magazine. “My body is the site of a miracle now. I don’t want to be pre-miracle.” After a friend told her she had her "body back", she says, '“She meant it as a total compliment, but we had this great conversation where I was like, ‘You know what? I try really hard not to use that language, because it’s not about going backward in life.’”
  • After the birth of daughter Lincoln, Kristen Bell tweeted that she was "proud to sit out the baby weight rat race". In an interview with <i>Redbook</i> magazine, the <i>Forgetting Sarah Marshall</i> star said, "I’d like to get back down to where I was before the baby … but if this is where my body wants to be, so be it. I’m not going to make myself miserable for the rest of my life trying to get back to where I was before." She added, "I like my Lincoln Leftovers because they’re proof I did something extraordinary. I gave life to my new BFF & she gave me a comical amount of midsection skin."
  • Sara Rue, currently starring on <i>Malibu Country</i>, says she's not hurrying to lose weight after the birth of her daughter Talulah in February. “I feel ashamed of Hollywood for that pressure they put on women. It’s awful. I fight the conflict that I have in my own brain over that every day about baby weight and it’s the last thing you should be thinking about," she has said. "Some women give birth and then two weeks later look amazing. I don’t think I’m going to be one of those women, and I’m okay with that. I just want to be a good mum, I don’t really care about having a hot bod.”
  • On an episode of Kourtney & Kim Take Miami, Kourtney Kardashian was left in tears when her partner, Scott Disick, criticised her weight after the birth of her second baby. "When we had Mason I remember her trying to whip herself back into shape pretty quick. This time around it seems like it's the least of her concerns, and the only thing she thinks about are the kids," he said to the cameras, later telling her that another 10kg weight loss would be "the dream". Kourtney, mum to Mason, 3, and Penelope, 8 months, told him, "You're so crazy. I don't need this. I'm trying to do this the healthy way ... I have to do what's best for me. I can't compare myself to supermodels."
  • "I'm the last person anyone should look at for workout tips. I don't have them. I don't care," Drew Barrymore said, when asked about losing weight. The mum of Olive, 10 weeks, also said, "My new motto is: Impossible expectations are impossible."
  • Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai was criticised in her native India when the media circulated images that showed her with a double chin. With a then-six-month-old child, the actress had stated that she was in no hurry to slim down, instead preferring to “enjoy motherhood”.
  • Amy Adams says being pregnant with daughter Aviana, who was born in May 2010, helped her improve her own body image. "I've been working out when I can... but losing weight is not my number one priority. Being pregnant finally helped me understand what my true relationship was with my body - meaning that it wasn't put on this earth to look good in a swimsuit. I was like, 'Look, I can carry a baby! I'm gaining weight right, everything is going well.' And I've had that relationship ever since."
  • Already a mum of two, Reese Witherspoon knew what she was getting into when she had her son Tennessee in September 2012. "You just have to be gentle and patient with yourself and just sort of … slowly get back to your health,” the actress said of her updated fitness regime.
  • Bryce Dallas Howard said she'd once been been in good humour about the weight she'd gained when pregnant with her son Theo, now 5, but was later "mortified by it” while suffering from postnatal depression. <i>The Help</i> actress took a relaxed approach to losing weight after the birth of her daughter Beatrice in January 2012 (shown here in May 2012).
  • Jenna Fischer, of <i>The Office</i>, says it took her "every day of 10 months to lose the weight” after the birth of her son, Weston, now 14 months. “I did it slowly and I did it moderately. It was important for me to lose it. I was a fit and active person before I had my son, but if there’s one thing I could do for a new mom, it’d be to alleviate her of any guilt or any stress over the idea of having her body look a certain way.” (Shown here three months after her son's birth.)
  • "I think if you ask any pregnant mom, they're like 'I want my body back,' but it takes time," Hilary Duff told <i>Us Weekly</i> in July. The 25-year-old actress took her time to lose the weight she gained while pregnant with baby Luca, eventually using a personal trainer to help her fit back into her old jeans.

As if we needed another reason to adore Drew Barrymore, the new mum recently told a tabloid magazine that she had no intention of ‘wasting’ time working on losing the weight she gained in pregnancy, and that the pressure on women to rush back to their pre-baby weight is unrealistic.

"My new motto is: Impossible expectations are impossible," she told People magazine. 

"Look, with my luck, I will starve myself, work out and then the next day get hit by a bus. And think, 'Why did I waste my time doing that?' I'm the last person anyone should look at for workout tips. I don't have them. I don't care."

Another mum who seems to focus on her baby rather than her body is Reese Witherspoon.

Two months after having son Tennessee she told Extra that rather than bouncing back, she’s "slowly crawling back”.

“You know all of your joints feel wobbly and your head is sort of confused … You just have to be gentle and patient with yourself and just sort of … slowly get back to your health.”

Another realistic star is Jenna Fischer, from The Office. The mum of 14-month-old Weston Lee, she told People, "It’s so funny because I think there’s the perception that every [famous] woman has a driver and a chef and a personal trainer and a nanny. I didn’t start exercising until Weston was six months old and was taking regular naps.

"When I go back to work on the show, I’m probably just going to have to take a break from any of that working out. I think just getting through the day will be enough.”

For women who don’t emerge from the birth suite looking like a Victoria’s Secret model, the backlash can be caustic. Bryce Dallas Howard was mocked by TMZ for being overweight, five months after her daughter was born.

Just months earlier, stunning Indian actress Aishwarya Rai had become the victim of YouTube taunts after some creep made a video of before-and-after shots of the star set to elephant noises. Public comments on the video included such gems as "She is a Bollywood actress and it is her duty to look good and fit" and "She needs to learn from people like Victoria Beckham who are back to size zero weeks after their delivery."

With that kind of feedback, it’s little wonder that Kate Hudson, known for her svelte figure, “devoted six hours a day to a vigorous workout regime" after the birth of son Bingham earlier this year. She told Star magazine, “I would do 45 or 55 minutes of cardio then an hour of Pilates or yoga, three times a day.”

You have to admire Kate’s honesty, as losing a large amount of weight in a short time frame doesn’t just come down to breastfeeding and the occasional walk around the block.

Jessica Simpson’s weight loss journey has been particularly scrutized; after all, she was being paid $4 million to drop 60 pounds (27kg) after the birth of baby Maxwell.

But perhaps Jessica is having the last laugh. She's now reportedly pregnant again, and was recently photographed eating - wait for it – a grilled cheese sandwich and onion rings. Outrageous.

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