TODAY | October 05, 2012
>>> back now at 8:21 with help for new moms looking to get back into pre-pregnancy shape. tracy andersen, trainer behind celebrity bods gwyneth paltrow and jennifer lopez . she's out with a set of nine fitness dvds for the most important nine months of your liver and she is here with her-4 -- month-old penelope.
>> along with client and actress, and model molly sims , good morning.
>> good morning.
>> tracy , you got into a little hot water and gave an interview to "du jour" interview where you said a lot of women use pregnancies to let their bodies go. that's the worst thing. some women take offense to that. i wanted to give you a chance to explain.
>> i can see why. that is not what i meant and was taken out of context, and as you know many times in an interview they are. i've built my career about empowering women and giving them the tools that they need to be able to look and feel their best and be their healthiest. unfortunately, during my first pregnancy i gained 60 pounds and it was really rough and i learned later on in life a healthier approach and having the tools to not do that is kind of a better path to go.
>> that brings us to the dvds . i think it's interesting because there's always so much focus on what you do after you've had the baby, but these dvds have what you do during pregnancy. why is that so important?
>> it's so important for the health of these little ones , first of all, because what we put into our bodies helps set them up for the rest of their life. the first nine months of their life has an impact on them for the rest of their life and people like mole, a shiny example of a woman, you know works used the tools to go through her pregnancy and feel connected to her body, actually she did much better than most of them do.
>> i was going to ask you, molly, what your experience was like. you have a little boy , 4 months old.
>> his name is brooks. i did the whole nine months, everything you would focus on, our arms, your legs, your butt, your feet, everything. it's hard. i have to say it's overwhelming what your body goes through and as a woman who has just had a baby. i gained 50 pounds, and it was hard and even harder after.
>> one of my favorite things i read about you because it's very real. people think you're molly sims .
>> i have three spanx on now. we work out and i'm so lucky to have someone like tracy in my life and i work with amazing people. but you're a woman out there who is working and has two kids already, it is so hard.
>> it is difficult.
>> it is hard, but also don't you think the focus on it makes women feel like this is something that they have to be thinking about as opposed to taking care of the new baby.
>> people are going to see. the pressure is part of the problem because we feel like we need to look like a 20-year-old or someone in a magazine who just stepped out three weeks later and, like, okay.
>> it's not realistic.
>> we're real women and here team power women and give women tools through their pregnancy and after the pregnancy so they can have the real content to be connected to their bodies and look and feel their best because that's really -- that's really important.
>> it's hard.
>> one thing i love, you said you're getting known for your new style, the boho chic .
>> going to my doctors the other day, a long skirt, great top. changed her style. i'm not wearing heels and eyelashes and the whole thing. there's a lot of pressure. you just have to take every day as it is, but i will say it's -- it's something, you know, i'm turning 40 next year, and my body has never been like this and to try to work back, you know, it's hard.
>> real quickly. your message is keep at it all through pregnancy and beyond.
>> absolutely. pregnancy and beyond, and with the fight as parent that we have with childhood obesity and all that, such a great example for your children if you instill the importance of exercise in your life.
>> thank you both so much.