15/11/2010 11:54 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Women Feel Pressurised By Skinny Celeb Mums To Crash Diet After Birth

A survey by the Royal College of Midwives has found that nearly two thirds of new mums say they feel coerced into slimming back down to their original size as soon as possible, with many starting crash diets as soon as they have given birth.

The report blames super-skinny celeb mums for putting women under pressure to zip back into shape too soon after pregnancy.

Many mums cited celebrities like Strictly Come Dancing's Tess Daly and singer Myleene Klass's extreme post-baby weight loss as motivators for their own crash dieting, claiming celebs abilities to lose weight so quickly left them feeling 'disgusted' with their own bodies.

But experts warned that crash dieting can leave new mum too exhausted to look after their babies.

The survey, which quizzed over 6,200 new mothers, was carried out in conjunction with the Netmums website. It discovered that 61 per cent of mums found their midwives were too busy to give them advice on what to eat before and after giving birth, whilst 84 per cent branded the advice they were given as 'poor'.

Midwife and policy adviser at the Royal College of Midwives, Janet Fyle, said: 'Crash dieting has health consequences. Women are going to feel very tired, they are not going to be able to look after their baby and they won't be able to properly recover from pregnancy. They should eat normally for the first six months.'

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What do you think?
Did pics of skinny celebs push you into crash dieting after pregnancy?
Or do you think people should be less obsessed by celebrity mums?