Hurrah for Zara and her post-baby body… so how long did other celebrity mums wait before they went public?

Beaming in the spring sunshine on a rare day out without baby Mia, a radiant Zara Phillips was the picture of maternal joy.

Seven weeks after she became a mum, there was no sign of the dreaded snap-back — the worrying trend in which celebrities shed their baby weight the second they leave the delivery suite.
Nor has she succumbed to the pressure to stay indoors, away from prying eyes, until all signs of her pregnancy have been sweated off in the gym.

As pictures of her enjoying herself at Cheltenham races this week prove, Zara is clearly taking a sensible approach to losing her baby weight. She is not showing off the flat tummy, model-esque legs or toned arms boasted by so many other post-partum celebrities, but, in short, she looks just like any other new mother.

All things considered, the most important thing for a new mother is comfort. New mums need to feel comfortable in their roles, in their new wardrobes, and in themselves. But ultimately, the best accessory for every new mum is a huge smile and Zara’s got that spot on.

…AND HOW SOON OTHER CELEB NEW MUMS WENT PUBLIC

Fresh florals: TV’s Holly Willoughby in soft floaty layers over jeans

TIME: 4 weeks and 5 days

Glittering: Kate looking svelte in high heels and evening gown

TIME: 7 weeks and 3 days

Willowy: A slim-fitting black shift for actress Nicole Kidman

TIME: 9 weeks and 1 day

Model look: Gisele Bundchen in tight white jeans and flats

TIME: 9 weeks and 1 day

All things considered, the most important thing for a new mother is comfort. New mums need to feel comfortable in their roles, in their new wardrobes, and in themselves. But ultimately, the best accessory for every new mum is a huge smile and Zara’s got that spot on.