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Kate Ferdinand felt ‘abnormal’ in her post-baby body after her son’s birth: ‘I felt really overwhelmed’

Kate shared relatable feelings over changes to her body (Picture: Getty/@xkateferdinand)

Kate Ferdinand has said she felt ‘abnormal’ and struggled with her post-baby body after having son Cree.

The ex-Towie star, who is married to former England footballer Rio Ferdinand, became a first-time mother to her boy in December.

Just 11 days later she was praised for sharing an upfront, unedited photo of herself in black maternity pants holding newborn Cree, announcing ‘this is me’.

Speaking to the Sun, Kate has now said she felt she ‘had to share’ the photo because anything glamorous would not have been real or reflected how she felt at that moment, although she admitted to being ‘a bit freaked out that those big black knickers have been seen by the world’.

She acknowledged the ‘whirlwind of emotion’ she felt as a new mother.

She said: ‘My body was not the body I recognised. I felt really overwhelmed.’

Kate received a lot of support for sharing this candid snap online last year (Picture: Instagram/@xkateferdinand)

‘I was feeling really abnormal and I started panicking. “Am I meant to be feeling like this?”’

She also revealed she felt she couldn’t ‘see out of the bubble’ post-pregnancy, and worried that she was ‘never going to go back to normal’.

Sharing the candid image attracted an outpouring of appreciation for her honesty, and Kate spoke of the ‘crazy’ number of people who told her they felt the same.

The 29-year-old also discussed the amount of pressure there is to bounce back, which she dismissed as ‘unrealistic’.

She said: ‘I would love to look how I looked before Cree but I am not putting a load of pressure on myself because things don’t always go to plan when you have a baby.’

She also stressed how she wanted to ‘enjoy this moment’ with her family rather than ‘freaking out’ about how she looks and feels.

Kate has also been vocal online about the pressure to breastfeed, as she admitted she had previously hidden the fact she was bottle-feeding Cree.

On Instagram she wrote: ‘I chose not to breastfeed Cree, for so many reasons and I was worried about admitting it at first as their is so much pressure to breastfeed, but thankfully now I just know that a fed baby is a happy baby and Cree is the happiest little soul and we are so grateful.’

Kate and Rio’s son, Cree, was born in December (Picture: Instagram/@xkateferdinand)

As a lockdown baby, Kate explained the impact Cree had had on Ferdinand family life with her husband and his three children.

She said: ‘I was so nervous about having Cree in lockdown with all the kids around, but actually we have had so much quality time together.

‘And we are so thankful Cree has come, as he has given us a bit more excitement.’

The kids – Lorenz, 14, Tate, 12, and 10-year-old Tia, from Rio’s marriage to his late wife Rebecca – have been ‘amazing’, according to Kate.

‘Our kids had to help and now they do jobs they didn’t do before, like cleaning their own toilets. Now we have a rota for the children and they earn pocket money from certain jobs.

‘They’ve learnt a lot of life skills. I think we all have a newfound appreciation of life before this.’

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