New Mom Lauren Conrad Won't Hurry to Lose Her 35 Lbs. of Baby Weight: 'I've Never Had Boobs Before!'
"I'm trying to focus on things that are positive," Lauren Conrad tells PEOPLE for this week's issue of how she's embracing her post-baby body
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Lauren Conrad is looking forward to embracing a post-baby workout routine, but as far as losing the 35 lbs. she gained while pregnant with son Liam James — her first child with husband William Tell — she’s not sweating it.
“I’m going to wait a few weeks obviously and wait until I get the okay from the doctor, but I’m excited to get back into it. I’ll see what my body is ready for,” the reality-star-turned-lifestyle-mogul tells PEOPLE for this week’s issue.
Whether that will initially include some of her favorite workouts — Orangetheory classes, walking and more — she can’t say for sure yet, but the 31-year-old, who welcomed Liam on July 5, doesn’t “feel the pressure” to snap back to her pre-baby body.
“I’m in a wedding in a month and fortunately we’re doing the bridesmaid dresses so I can order several,” she explains. “I have no idea what my body is going to be, I don’t know what shape I’m going to be.”
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For Conrad, getting back into the gym is definitely a priority, but she isn’t looking at the weight gain in a negative light — on the contrary, she’s embracing it wholeheartedly, and giving herself props for the hard work her body did over those crucial nine months.
“I just made a person. It’s fine. And there are always things you can do to make yourself feel better,” she says. “Spanx exist for a reason.”
“I’m trying to focus on things that are positive — like, I’ve never had boobs before, so I’m going to try those on for a little bit,” The Hills alum adds. “I’m trying on a new shape.”
“I hadn’t eaten red meat since I was 16 and I started eating red meat again. I gave it up for Lent one year and then I went to eat it again and it made me feel sick,” Conrad explains. “And for some reason that changed. I had a hamburger for breakfast the other day!”
“When I was pregnant, I ate a lot of peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches on sourdough,” she says. “Most nights, we do chicken, rice and salad. We do a lot of stuff on the grill. But for three or four months, I couldn’t do any chicken, so it was kind of hard to figure out what to eat besides that.”
“Poor William was like, ‘I don’t know what to feed you!’ I wanted carbs and cheese. William said I ate like I lived in a roller rink. I wanted kid food. That’s all I wanted. Macaroni and cheese.”
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Conrad says she and Tell will “probably have two” kids total (“It’s best not to be outnumbered”), but for now is focused on finding a balance between motherhood and her career — in fact, she’s already back at work!
“I just emptied my inbox,” she admits. “Everybody is kind of leaving me alone, which is really nice, but I like to be busy. I’m working on my Kohl’s line, selecting prints and quick back-and-forths. And I have a work call today for a spring fitting.”
But the working mom has “always balanced both” sides of life, she says: “I think it’s good. And we have family close who are here every day and they want to hang out with [Liam], so I have a couple hours. I think it’s nice to shift into work mode, and then you get to come back and be so excited.”
For more on Lauren Conrad’s life as a new mom with husband William and son Liam, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.
- With JEN JUNEAU