But Carla Bruni, who welcomed her little girl Giulia on October 23, was back to work this week.
The former supermodel met disabled children and carers at a hospital in Garches, in the western suburbs of Paris.
Understandably, the new mum looked a little tired, but smiled widely as she answered questions from the press outside the facility.
Having a child at 43 is no mean feat, but rather than talk about her efforts, Carla - who turned 44 on December 23 - was full of praise for her husband, French president Nicolas Sarkozy.
She commended his "superhuman abilities" in his "very difficult job".
The elegant brunette added: "He's changed a lot over the past four years, because it's the kind of job that would change anyone. It would change a tree or a stone.
"In fact it's not a job, it's a calling which goes beyond what a human can do."
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