Samantha Harris Gives Tips on Healthy Living for Moms

03/14/2009 at 11:00 AM ET
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Samantha Harris returned to her job as co-host of Dancing With the Stars just three weeks after the birth of her daughter Josselyn Sydney, now 17 months, and quickly returned to her pre-baby form. However, the entire experience put Samantha under a great deal of pressure, she explains. “The pressure was unbelievable, in that my baby was so new, being a mom was new for me, and then I knew I had to fit into gowns for the show under the watchful eye of a television audience,” she notes.

While trying to lose the weight, Samantha learned that “it is almost impossible for any mom to have that five minutes all to herself, but giving a little time for yourself is actually good for your family in the long run.”

“A few minutes can really go a long way. Taking care of yourself is a big gift for your family in the long run.”

That is why The Insider correspondent has partnered with Melba Toast to provide healthy advice for all women. Some of the 35-year-old’s tips include napping, eating healthy for mom and child, steam baths after exercising, fitness classes, walking with the family, playtime with children, incorporating your children into your fitness routine, make exercise a priority and most of all, have fun doing it.

Samantha is married to financial wholesaler Michael Hess.

Source: El Paso Times

FILED UNDER: News , Parenting

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emmajlw on

is this the first pic we’ve seen of Josselyn? she is a cutie pie.

Shelby on

What a cute baby.

The comments about the pressures Samantha Harris faced though rub me the wrong way. No one told her she had to go back to work so soon after having her child. That was her choice.

April on

We have seen Josselyn before but it was when she was much smaller. Samantha doesn’t like to have her face photographed so this is a treat.

They may not have told Samantha to go back to work, but I believe that she felt the pressure to go back to keep her job. If anyone watches the show you might remember that they have already replaced the female co-host once, and when Samantha was out Drew Lachey filled in and did an excellent job. Many people hoped he would stay. I am sure Samantha probably felt she needed to get back quickly to save her job. Just a thought.

Robin on

I have to agree with Shelby… Without sounding unkind, the audience is mainly watching that show for the celebrities and dancing and not because of who the co-hosts are. Also, the real truth is that Hollywood isn’t realistic when it comes to having a baby and you see that all the time. Everybody comments on how great a particular celebrity mother looks when they just had a baby but criticizes the ones that don’t bounce back in the “blink of an eye.” Anybody (Doctors included), will tell you that it is just unrealistic and wrong. I’m sure Samantha’s words may have been taken out of context but she she didn’t have to go back to work that early, there is such a thing as maternity leave and if she feels the need to blame someone she needs to blame the industry not us. I could see where some people might be offended by her statement.

April on

Oh no, I understand completely. I was saying I think it’s pressure she put on herself to come back once she saw how well Drew was doing. There is no way ANYONE expected her back at 3 weeks PP, that’s just crazy. Imagine if she had needed a c-section? I doubt her coming back at three weeks had anything to do with people at Dancing.

Jennifer on

Josselyn has gotten so big and is such a cutie pie!🙂

Bri on

Is she a nutrionist and trainer as well as DWTS co-host or something? I just don’t get why celebrity (don’t know how much a celebrity she really is though…) mothers feel the need to school every other mother out there like they are the foremost authority. This is her first child as well? lol

gianna on

I always find her very annoying on interviews, and there was definitley no rush for her to come back to DWTS lol. Drew was actually a better host than samantha is, a lot of people on message boards were saying. Her daughter looks just like her.

Sofie on

All that working out has really paid off!
Samantha looks great and her daughter is a cutie🙂

CelebBabyLover on

I agree with April. I mean, even “normal” moms have been known to rush back to their jobs after giving birth to avoid getting laid-off. As for her giving tips on healthy living…I see nothing wrong with that.

sandra on

I remember that she went back to work only 3 weeks after the baby was born! Was it truly necessary for her to do that? I hope her contract didn’t have any weird stipulations. Hopefully she gets a lot of time to spend with her daughter.

Gina on

Samantha Harris is a beautiful woman, but in her lust to be thin has totally over done it and now looks anorexic. She has dropped too much weight.

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