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Emma Bunton says "it's tough" to return to work

07/02/2008 at 01:00 PM ET

Cvr_redIn a new interview with the UK’s Red magazine, Spice Girl Emma Bunton admits that returning to work so soon after the birth of her son Beau Lee, 10 ½-months, was difficult.  While she had a "great time" on the newly-reunited Spice Girls’ world tour, the 32-year-old singer says she "should have thought about it more" before committing to such an ambitious schedule.

It’s tough for any woman returning to work straight after having a baby.  I didn’t want to be in the gym 24 hours a day, instead of being with Beau. And I wanted to breastfeed for the first couple of months.

Emma — who says she enjoys "being curvy" — did lots of walking to get herself stage-ready, but couldn’t do sit-ups as a result of Beau’s delivery by C-section, something she said was necessitated because she was "overdue." When she did finally perform with the Spice Girls, Emma admits she at first felt "self-conscious" about her postpartum figure — but eventually she learned to relax.

One night, I was up on stage and it just hit me: Hold on, Emma, everyone knows you’ve just had a baby, enjoy it.

Beau is the first child for Emma and longtime boyfriend Jade Jones.

Source: Red; Photo courtesy Red.

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BeckyPooBear on

Its refreshing to see that all of the Spice Girls are now moms and have settled down. Given the volatility of the entertainment culture, they all are a real credit to their families, communities and just reflect well upon themselves.

All that said, little Beau has got to be one of the most beautiful babies that I’ve ever seen. He’s as delicate looking as a porcelain doll.

stephanie on

Not all of the Spice Girls are mums. Melanie C doesn’t have any children but in my opinion, she has settled down long before a couple of the other girls has.

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