Beyonce and Jay-Z's long-awaited baby, Blue Ivy Carter, was welcomed into the world on Sat, Jan. 7. The high profile couple's baby was born healthy at seven pounds in Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.
While the couple seems to have happily embraced the new addition to their family, many are excited to see Beyonce return to the stage. The pop star was able to keep her pregnancy quiet for quite some time despite rumors that she may have been expecting. Now that she has given birth, it is expected that she might not be in as tip-top shape as she was before the pregnancy. Known for her bootylicious body, it might take some work for Beyonce to return to her former fit form.
MTV asked celebrity trainer Jeanette Jenkins how stars lose the pounds after their pregnancies. The most important thing for Beyonce will be getting back into shape and eating a healthy diet, Jenkins claims.
Working out should have been a part of a new mom's regimen before she got pregnant, while she was pregnant, and for the rest of her life, Jenkins told MTV News. It should be part of your daily life, just like brushing your teeth or combing your hair. It's your internal hygiene.
The goal should not be to lose weight, she added. The goal should be to live a healthy life, and by working out and eating healthy, you will be happy and the weight will just fall off because you are making healthy choices.
After pregnancies, losing the weight can be particular difficult for new mothers who are overwhelmed with a new baby and adjusting to a new lifestyle. Moreover, women are sometimes unsure of when it is healthy to start exercising after a pregnancy.
A new mother should first wait until she gets clearance from her doctor, and she can immediately start by making healthy food choices. Once a mother receives clearance from her doctor, then her starting point depends on her fitness level, Jenkins said. A weekly workout regimen should include all of the components of fitness - cardio, flexibility, muscular strength and muscular endurance - for overall functional health and fitness and for maximum results.
For her celebrity clients, Jenkins creates a four or five-day-a-week plan that includes cardio, endurance exercises and strength training, such as yoga or Pilates.
A new mother has to eat healthy for herself and for her child, but she also has to live and have a good time too, Jenkins said. From my experience, if you make healthy food choices 80 percent of the time and eat whatever you like 20 percent of the time, then you will have great results. I recommend to my clients to eat healthy Monday through Friday and then let go on the weekend and enjoy yourself.
Jenkins recommended that Beyonce may especially enjoy dancing and taking a walk with her baby in a stroller, both of which will help her get back into shape.
Will Beyonce hire a personal trainer to help her get back in shape or will the new mother take her time in returning to the stage?