Melanie Brown on 60 Pound Baby Weight Gain: 'Oops!'

02/25/2009 at 08:00 PM ET

When Spice Girl Melanie Brown delivered a five pound baby girl — 22-month-old Angel Iris — following a 60 pound weight gain in 2007, she knew immediately that she had a problem on her hands! “It was that [thought of] ‘Oops!'” she admits during a recent appearance on The Bonnie Hunt Show. “My mum came over to live with me [when I was pregnant] and cooked me all these English dinners.” All good things must come to an end, however, and Mel says that high-calorie, home-cooked meals topped her list! She began working out at home in anticipation of her appearance on Dancing With the Stars, and good things followed.

“I thought to myself, ‘I want to be in shape.’ If you eat healthy and work out every other day, it does drop off. [You can exercise] when you have kids napping or at school. You have to have your me time. You have to work out and make yourself feel good about the way you look.”

Next up for the family — Mel is also mom to 10-year-old Phoenix Chi — are the bright lights of Las Vegas, where the 33-year-old songstress will be performing for six months at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. “It’s going to be fun, exciting and draining all at the same time,” Mel says. “Luckily the show starts at 8 p.m. so I’ll have all day with [the kids].”

“I can do school runs and all the food, and stuff. It will just be nice to be in one place for a certain amount of time.”

Phoenix is Mel’s daughter with ex-husband Jimmy Gulzar; Angel is her daughter with ex-boyfriend Eddie Murphy. Mel’s new workout DVD Totally Fit is available now — check out our interview with her about it here!

Source: The Bonnie Hunt Show

Did you find yourself saying “oops” about your pregnancy weight gain?

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Natasha on

Well to be fair she probably has people that cook and clean her house for her, whereas most people spend their “me” time doing that.

Faye on

Awwww…Angel Iris is so cute.

melissa on

I don’t think she has a chef…

Xan on

I think her advice was particularly sensible and sensitive. All she said was eat healthy (not diet) and exercise every other day when kids nap so that a mom feels good about herself. That all sounds very realistic and well put to me!

Destiny on

I agree Xan, she gave really good pratical advice. I have found for myself that I better serve my family, my job, my church and really myself when I simply eat right and exercise regularly. In addition to those things, I drink plenty of water and take my vitamins, and by doing so every day I feel so much better. Eating right, taking vitamins and drinking water isn’t hard at all. You just have to want to do it. And I think that regardless if they have a personal cook or maid, most everyone can find 30 or 40 minutes every other day to devote to their physical health. It’s all about priorities, something may have to give, but it won’t be your health.

Anyway, I would love to get Mel B’s DVD for those days when I’m pressed for time or just want to work out inside.