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Liv Tyler: 'New mums, be kind to yourself'

Published 17/08/2016

Liv Tyler
Liv Tyler

The actress is taking time to bond with her new baby Lula Rose.

New mum Liv Tyler is urging women not to stress over their post-baby bodies.

The 39-year-old Lord of the Rings actress gave birth to daughter Lula Rose last month (July16), and she's enjoying a little down time as she bonds with her new baby.

Unlike many Hollywood mothers, who feel the need to bounce back to their pre-baby weight as soon as possible, Liv is taking her time - and she urges mums to follow her example.

"Just be kind to yourself," she tells People magazine. "Everyone is different. Everyone's body is different, everyone's birth experience is different."

"Some people's body type is that they totally look normal right after (birth), and (for) others, it takes many months. But I think it's best to focus on your health and the health of your baby and bonding."

Steven Tyler's daughter also reveals she isn't too worried about her fashion choices right now, insisting she wants to keep it simple and comfortable.

"(I'm wearing) a lot of pyjamas, beautiful cotton or silk pyjamas - loose things where you can't see my belly too much because it's that transitional period (where) I don't think people can tell if you're pregnant or you're just chubby," she chuckles.

And Liv, who is also mum to 18-month-old son Sailor Gene - her first child with fiance Dave Gardner - and 11-year-old Milo, her son from her marriage to ex-husband Royston Langdon, is also trying to make sure to take time for herself.

"It's the basic things like being able to go take a long bath and do a face mask or brush your teeth," she continues. "In the early days, it's so tricky to balance your time between taking care of your child and taking care of yourself."

Liv isn't the only celebrity mum urging all mothers to take a little time for themselves and baby after giving birth - Anne Hathaway and pregnant Blake Lively have also spoken out about the pressure put on women to bounce back from pregnancy.

Anne took to Instagram earlier this month (Aug16) and stated: "There is no shame in gaining weight during pregnancy (or ever). There is no shame if it takes longer than you think it will to lose the weight (if you want to lose it at all)."

And Blake, who is expecting her second child with husband Ryan Reynolds, added her thoughts on the subject after an Australian TV presenter complimented the actress for her bikini body in new film The Shallows, which she shot just months after giving birth to her daughter, James, in December, 2014.

"It's so unfair though, because it's so celebrated," the 28-year-old said. "It's like, 'This is what someone can look like after a baby'. I think a woman's body after having a baby is pretty amazing... You don't need to be Victoria's Secret ready right away because you just did the most incredible miracle that life has to offer."

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