02 November 2010

A new study has found that a third of new mums find themselves feeling frumpy in comparison to the other women they work with. The research, carried out by Persil, also revealed that more than half of working mothers feel intimidated by younger and more fashionable colleagues. According to the Daily Mail, a quarter also believed that promotions went to more trendy workers and 44 per cent thought they had personally been passed over due to the way they look.Over a third of working mothers also admitted they were very envious of their single colleagues, who they believed to be trendier and more likely to do well as a result. The number of women suffering a crisis of confidence when it comes to their looks following motherhood supports recent figures that show an increasing interest in mummy makeovers - a name given to common cosmetic surgery procedures favoured by new mothers, such as tummy tucks, liposuction and breast uplifts. The survey found that 23 per cent of women questioned believed they would never get their pre-pregnancy figures back, and that this would have an impact on the clothes they chose to wear to work. What's more, 26 per cent suggested that frumpiness can creep up on you after having children, even if you make every effort to avoid it. With the poll also finding that 20 per cent of the 2,000 women questioned said fashion was a main topic of conversation in the office, it's little wonder that women feel the need to keep an eye on their wardrobes as well as their figures after having children.