The micro maternity leave was a staple of women’s lives right up until 1992, when the statutory six weeks off was raised to 14.
Current law means new mums can now take up to a year off after having a baby in the UK, but it seems the trend for many women in the world's spotlight is to take as little time as possible.
This week, Countdown ’s Rachel Riley returned to set just 11 weeks after welcoming her first child Maven Aria into the world with husband Pasha Kovalev .
The mathematician beamed as she took Maven to Channel 4 ’s studios, and documented the adorable moment on Instagram .
Rachel, 34, and Strictly Come Dancing star Pasha, 40, took time away from their newborn bubble to visit the set as the star got back to work.
Jumping right back in the saddle on the show, she captioned her post: “First block back at work done and dusted and I can still sum post baby... phew!
“Mave was busy melting hearts and Pash is a hero.
“The eternal on screen pregnancy has just a month to go! Now back to family time for us, we’re really loving it.”
Looking sleek and stylish in a preppy white polo dress from Sandro, fresh faced Rachel looked like she hadn’t lost a wink of sleep in her first few weeks as a mum.
So as Rachel buys into the micro maternity trend, Mirror Online looks at other boss-mums who’ve embraced motherhood and lauched themselves straight back into work post-birth.
Actress Nicole Kidman only took three weeks off after giving birth to daughter Sunday before she started a new film.
The Australian actress and producer gave birth to her first child with second husband Keith Urban in Nashville, Tennessee, after a long struggle to have a baby.
Nicole started rehearsals for the 2009 Rob Marshall musical Nine just three weeks later. She portrayed the Federico Fellini -like character's muse, Claudia Jenssen, with fellow Oscar winners Daniel Day-Lewis , Judi Dench , Marion Cotillard , Penélope Cruz and Sophia Loren .
It seems the short stint at home was a good career move for Nicole as the film received several Golden Globe Award and Academy Award nominations, and earned Kidman a fourth Screen Actors Guild Award nomination, as part of the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
At the time she said: "I’d just given birth, so I was like, ‘I’m still a woman — I want to do this film! And I have a life other than feeding this baby.’
“When you give birth you’re itchy to get back to work, you want to feel that life still goes on.”
Victoria Beckham vowed to keep working right up until the birth of her daughter Harper , and to keep going after.
True to her word, Posh Spice scoffed when asked if it was true that she she only had a week off work after giving birth to daughter Harper.
In fact, the fashion designer said that she was back working before the effects of the epidural had worn off.
The former Spice Girl revealed having maternity leave with Harper was never in the plan. “Maternity leave -- what’s that?” she tweeted at the time.
The 45-year-old hit back at her haters, saying her and husband David have not got to where they are now by sheer luck.
Even when she was in hospital giving birth to Harper, over seven years ago, she looked to have the least amount of time off as possible.
When asked if she had taken a week off after Harper's birth, Victoria laughed and said that she was back at it before "she had feeling back in her legs".
Explaining what happened, Victoria said: "Let me tell you. I was still in hospital. I couldn’t feel my legs because of the bloody epidural, and I’m being asked to approve lookbook images.
"So, I didn’t have a lot of time off. But it’s hard when you have your own business.”
Denise Van Outen
Denise Van Outen went back to work just two weeks after giving birth to her daughter Betsy.
The actress revealed she wasn’t planning on putting her feet up but jumped straight back into work, leaving her husband Lee Mead to play his daddy role.
“I am not taking time off. I am working – I worked two weeks after I had Betsy, so I have carried it all on,” Denise told the Daily Telegraph.
Lee was starring in the West End musical Wicked at the time, which saw him at home all day to look after his daughter Betsy while Denise was out at work.
“Our little girl is looked after by her parents most of the time which works out perfectly,” she revealed happily.
Myleene Klass returned to work just six weeks after the birth of her son Apollo.
The new mum was snapped nursing Apollo during her 10am to 2pm radio presenting slot at Smooth FM.
Throughout her pregnancy Myleene voiced her intentions to bring her newborn with her to work like she did with daughters Ava, 11, and Hero, seven.
Speaking to at the time, the Hear'Say star explained: 'I'm a working mum.
“As I did with my other two, I will pop the little one out and bring her or him with me as normal.'
“I think many mums will be able to relate to that. You just get on with your life as normal. You just bring the little one with you.
“I have breastfed many a time on air. It just so happens I have the best job in the world.”
The singer also added that she felt “as a working mum that's what you do”, especially given she is self-employed.
Model Gisele Bundchen had just six weeks off after giving birth to her son Benjamin.
The Brazilian-born beauty was still doing Jung fu up until two weeks before her baby was born, and did yoga three days a week.
But Gisele admitted when she leapt back into the work saddle just six weeks post-partum, she “felt like E.T.”
The model, who retired from the catwalk in 2016 later revealed she felt “guilty” and like a "terrible mother" when she made the decision to return to work so soon.
Kim Kardashian West
Beauty mogul Kim Kardashian West revealed she was studying for her law exams in the days after her fourth baby Pslam was born.
The Keeping Up Wth The Kardashians star spent her maternity leave with her nose in the books after her second son arrived via surrogate .
She had only just announced her plans to pursue a career in law when Pslam joined her and Kanye West ’s brood.
“Last year I registered with the California State Bar to study law,” the reality star wrote on Instagram at the time.
“For the next 4 years, a minimum of 18 hours a week is required, I will take written and multiple choice tests monthly,” she revealed just a month before the little one was born.
New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern returned to work after spending "the fastest six weeks" of her life on maternity leave.
Ardern, 38, gave birth to her daughter, Neve Te Aroha, during her term as the countries leader, making her only the second world leader to give birth while in office.
She later made further history as the first world leader to attend the United Nations general assembly meeting with her baby in tow.
She took her three-month-old daughter at the UN and played with her before giving a speech at the Nelson Mandela peace summit.
While she spoke, her partner Clarke Gayford held the three-month-old baby on his lap.
Rapper Cardi B was set to begin her life on the road as part of Bruno Mars ’ XXIVK Magic tour, just two months after she gave birth to her daughter, Kulture.
But Cardi made the brave decision to pull out of the tour due to concerns regarding her and her baby’s health and well-being.
She released a statement on Instagram announcing: “As of today I’ve decided I won’t be joining Bruno on tour this Fall.
“I thought that after giving birth to my daughter that 6 weeks would be enough time for me to recover mentally and physically.
“I also thought that I’d be able to bring her with me on tour, but I think I underestimated this whole mommy thing,” she continued.
“Not only am I not ready physically, I’m not ready to leave my baby behind since the doctors explained it’s not healthy for her to be on the road.”