A mum has lashed out at a hospital after she was handed a letter advising her on how to get her figure back 'straight away' following the birth of her second child - branding the message "offensive and outdated".

Louise Goulden discovered the letter in her NHS hospital discharge pack from the physiotherapy department, providing guidance on 'post-natal exercises' for all mothers, Daily Star reports.

It reads: "Now that your baby has been born you will be anxious to get your figure back.

" DO START STRAIGHT AWAY . It gets harder the longer you wait. Begin by doing some very big breathes in and out, taking the air right down to your waist.

Others branded the letter "mind-blowing"

"This will make sure that the bottom of your lungs, that have been squashed by the baby, are full of air again."

Louise, who is the founder and CEO of The Together Project, tweeted images of the letter to say she has lodged a complaint with the hospital, racking up hundreds of likes from others who were shocked by its contents.

The mum-of-two said the advice was "insane" and "utterly depressing", writing: "For the avoidance of doubt, she was born in 2020, not 1950. @EverydaySexism."

She explained to her followers: "I’m a second time mum and was feeling emotionally well, so was lucky enough to feel indignant at it, rather than it causing anxiety, depression, self-hatred or any other nasty things that other women will have been at risk of."

Replying to the comments of others, she said: "With my first child, I wasn't 'anxious to get my figure back' either. I was anxious as to how to get my head around such a monumental life shift and figure out what I was feeling and how to deal with everything."

When asked what she wanted to achieve, Louise added: "For no other woman to have this thrust into her hands at possibly the most vulnerable time in her life. Not going to stop until I know that'll happen."

Louise said she had chosen not to disclose the name of the hospital while she awaits a response to give it a chance to deal with the situation - but warned she may "name and shame" if the response isn't good enough as "it really needs to be stopped".

One person relied to the tweet showing the letter to say: "WTAF...the irresponsibility of handing that to a woman after giving birth is mind-blowing. What kind of duty of care failure is happening in that maternity unit?"

Another said: "There’s so much wrong here, from body shaming to inferring that non-vaginal births (i.e. c-sections) are abnormal. Words make all the difference."