February 01, 2010 02:00 PM

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While some of her peers have made waves returning to pre-baby form in record time, Camila Alves says she’s happy to be the exception to the trend. In Brazil, the Shear Genius host tells Style List, there is a tradition of allowing for downtime after giving birth.

“We call [it the] 40-day break after the baby,” Camila — who welcomed daughter Vida on Jan. 3 — explains. “You have to let your body do its own thing; You give it time to recover and let everything settle down.”

In so doing, women are able to “respect all the hard work” their bodies have done, she notes.

“For these 40 days you really take it easy. By that I mean no sex, light, healthy food, no trips to the gym. Then, after 40 days, you are good to go.”

However, Camila — who stepped out for her 27th birthday last week — goes on to confess that she’s “getting a little anxious to work out.”

“I miss it. Not just to get my body back in shape, but for me, for my head!”

In her new job, hair will take center stage and Camila says that her own locks are in a state of flux with Vida’s arrival. Like many women, Camila says she’s experienced some hair loss since becoming a mom.

“The texture has definitely changed,” she concedes. “I am lucky it is thick because I am losing it more too. It is spooky isn’t it?”

In addition to Vida, Camila is mom to 18-month-old Levi with partner Matthew McConaughey. Season three of Shear Genius premieres Wednesday night on Bravo.

Source: Style List

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