IT’S meant to be the most special time between a mother and her newborn baby, those early weeks of cherished bonding.
The 37-year-old designer is laid low with a slipped disc – killing rumours she has not been seen in public since the birth on July 10 because she is desperately dieting behind closed doors.
A team of medic s and chiropractors have been treating the former pop star at her Malibu home as she battles to get fit for next month’s New York Fashion Week where she is due to showcase her Spring/Summer 2012 collection.
A source said: “Rumours Victoria has been frantically exercising and trying to lose her baby weight could not be further from the truth.
“The cruel reality is she was suffering with a bad back throughout her pregnancy, and then something untoward happened during the C-section, badly aggravating it. She has had an X-ray which showed she has slipped a disc in her lower back. Victoria is in a lot of pain and even struggling to hold Harper.
“She is really down about the whole thing as she just wants to be able to play with her daughter like any new mum.
“When she goes to breastfeed, David has to basically prop-up the baby. But Victoria is trying to remain upbeat because she really does feel so blessed with the birth of her beautiful daughter. She is determined not to let this injury overshadow the happiness surrounding Harper’s arrival.”
Victoria has been treated by a £120-an-hour chiropractor. David has also referred her to specialists and physios linked to his LA Galaxy club.
It is understood Victoria is on a course of painkillers and been ordered to rest as much as possible.
She has only been out once since Harper’s birth, to have the X-ray at a hospital. As well as the diet claims, there were rumours she has been running in her gym for up to 10 miles at a time.
But a source added: “Of course Victoria wants to look at her best when she showcases her collection but she has been in no fit state to diet or exercise.”
David, 36, last night hinted at Victoria’s recent problems when he revealed he has been helping feed the baby.
He said: “We make sure that the most important thing to us is our family and we’re all grounded.
“It’s so important they have that mother-daughter bond and breastfeeding, I think, is really an incredible thing.
“We’re in the process of putting it in bottles now, so I get to feed her, which has been amazing.”