When it comes to celebrity pregnancies, Jessica Simpson’s may just trump them all. The 32-year-old star and new mom was nothing shy of stalked throughout her pregnancy by paparazzi and adoring fans. Now that it’s been four months since giving birth to daughter, Maxwell Drew, everyone seems to have the same question in mind: “When will she lose the baby weight?”
“I didn’t realize it didn’t all come off with the baby,” Simpson admitted to USA Today in a recent interview. “It’s been a challenge to lose the baby weight. I let myself indulge in everything I wanted because it was the first time I was pregnant and I wanted to enjoy it.”
What exactly did Simpson indulge in during her pregnancy? Anyone who recalls her days on MTV’s reality show Newlyweds knows that the southern star loves her carbs and decadent foods, including macaroni and cheese and fried chicken. If she was giving into temptations like these quite often during her pregnancy, it’s no wonder the star gained her fair amount of weight.
Though Simpson hasn’t confirm exactly how much weight she gained during pregnancy nor how much she hopes to lose, she seems in no big hurry to slim down despite signing a $3 million dollar contract with Weight Watchers to start trying to shed the pounds once the baby arrived.
Simpson was spotted hitting the gym in L.A. this week for the first time since giving birth. People also reported that the singer-turned fashion designer has been working out with personal trainer Harley Pasternak several times a week, though she mostly walks and hasn’t tried running yet since her “boobs are way too big to run at this point,” she said.
Additionally, as a loyal spokeswoman to her brand, the star has been holding Weight Watchers meetings for several friends and family members at she and fiancé Eric Johnson’s home. As for a diet plan, Simpson is reportedly allowing herself 28 points a day, which is down from 34 points while she was nursing.
What does the star think of her new voluptuous figure? Simpson told People, “My body is not bouncing back like a supermodel.” She also said that her family is now her motivation behind any weight loss efforts she attempts. “I’m just your everyday woman who is trying to feel good and be healthy for her daughter, her fiancé and herself.”
To new and expectant mothers, Simpson’s honesty and practical mindset are likely refreshing. In a sea of stick thin actresses who seem to spring back to their original form within weeks of giving birth, Simpson sets more realistic goals for herself and refuses to get bent out of shape over a few extra pounds, especially in the midst of the joy motherhood brings.
For those holding their breath to see what Simpson looks like as a new mother, she will be revealing her post-baby body September 10 on Katie Couric’s new show, Katie. We’ll certainly be tuning in.
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