Kate Ferdinand has revealed that she didn’t walk for six weeks after getting an emergency caesarean section while in labour with her baby son, Cree.
The former TOWIE star, 29, welcomed her first child with football pundit husband Rio Ferdinand, 42 in December – but has now revealed that she found certain elements of the experience particularly ‘traumatic’
Recounting how she was physically affected after welcoming her child into the world, she told The Mirror: ‘I don’t think I could train for six weeks, I didn’t even really walk for six weeks I don’t think, and then I’ve been gradually building it up slowly.’
Baby: Kate Ferdinand has revealed she didn’t walk for six weeks after getting an emergency caesarean section while in labour with her baby son, Cree (pictured 11 days after giving birth)
Fitness devotee Kate has since learned to ‘listen’ to her body while working out at the family’s home gym, ensuring she doesn’t agitate her scar.
However, she admitted that being unable to do more with their three stepchildren – Lorenz, 14, Tate, 12, and Tia, 10 – as she recovered triggered her anxiety.
She recalled: ‘I did really struggle. I think I was a bit traumatised because I wasn’t expecting the C-section and I struggled with the fact I couldn’t do things with Cree and the big kids and it was Christmas.
“I do suffer with anxiety and my anxiety was at an all-time high in those times. It was difficult and when you’re in that stage you can’t see a way out, but now looking back at it I feel it was just normal.’
Lovely: Kate looked every inch the doting mum on Thursday as she shared a sweet Instagram snap of her cradling her baby son as she promoted a new campaign with Hotpoint
Sharing her belief that the reaction came about because of a combination of the unexpected operation and being in lockdown, Kate went on to tell the publication that she’s now ‘in a good place’ and feeling ‘so much better’.
It comes as Kate looked every inch the doting mum on Thursday, when she shared a snap of herself cradling her son as she promoted a new campaign with Hotpoint.
Kate revealed in her caption that she felt ‘really nervous’ about taking her baby boy outside as COVID-19 lockdown restrictions ease.
The image sees Kate, dressed in an off-the-shoulder black top, lovingly gazing at her little one, as she concealed his face with her hand.
Captioning her image, the star expressed her worries at venturing outside in the pandemic with her baby, before revealing how it was to take care of Cree’s ‘special items’ such as his swaddle and muslin.
Fears: The former TOWIE star, 29, revealed in her caption that she felt ‘really nervous’ about taking her baby boy outside as lockdown restrictions eased
She penned: ‘After having a baby in lockdown, I don’t know about you guys but I felt really nervous with lockdown easing at the thought of going out with Cree and making sure he was still happy as we are so used to being at home together.
‘We take Cree’s swaddle and muslin everywhere with us, he loves them and feels settled with them wherever we are.’
She added that working with the Hotpoint #FeelingOfHome campaign, made her realise ‘how important it is to look after those home comforts not just for myself, but for the family too.’
Meanwhile, she also took to her Instagram stories to further speak about the campaign, where she revealed that she’s only taken Cree out ‘twice’ since he was born.
She said of her boy: ‘He loves his swaddle and his toy, especially as a lockdown baby. He’s not used to leaving home, and I’m not use to leaving home with him.
Pressure: Kate said, ‘I would love to look how I looked before Cree but I am not putting a load of pressure on myself’ (pictured in 2019)
‘So every time we go out, which has been twice by the way, I freak out, have I got everything? Have I not? I think there’s so many mums who probably feel like this who’ve had a baby in lockdown.
‘We’re just not used to going out and I feel much more comfortable with him at home. Obviously this is something I’ve got to get used to and this is why I take all of his home comforts with me everywhere.’
It comes as Kate recently revealed that she felt ‘abnormal’ and ‘overwhelmed’ adjusting to parenthood after having her little one.
The TV personality said she struggled to recognise her own body and started to panic while experiencing the ‘whirlwind of emotion’ of becoming a new mum.
She told The Sun: ‘There are so many things about motherhood that no one tells you. I’d had the baby and I was in this whirlwind of emotion. My body was not the body I recognised. I felt really overwhelmed.
Brave: The TV personality said she struggled to recognise her own body and started to panic while experiencing the ‘whirlwind of emotion’ of becoming a new mother
‘I was feeling really abnormal and I started panicking. ‘Am I meant to be feeling like this?’
She added that she considered posting glamorous pictures in the weeks after giving birth by emergency caesarean but chose not to because it wasn’t how she was really feeling.
Instead she chose to post a candid selfie 11 days after giving birth showing her postpartum figure, which revealed a significant bruise on her thigh.
Now Kate says she ‘felt like I had to share it’, adding that she received lots of messages from other women feeling the same afterwards.
She said she believes that is why it is right to ‘not share the perfect pictures all the time’.
The beauty went on to explain how it is hard to see out of the ‘post-pregnancy bubble’ after giving birth and said she felt like she would never go back to ‘normal’ or ‘feel the same again’.
However she added that ‘you do come out of the other side’ and ‘you will feel OK’.
Kate also admitted that when you are a new mum there is a lot of pressure to bounce back but said for her it wasn’t ‘realistic’ with having a newborn and looking after Rio’s three other children Lorenz, 13, Tate, 11, and Tia, nine.
Candid: She added that she considered posting glamorous pictures in the weeks after giving birth by emergency caesarean but chose not to because it wasn’t how she was really feeling
She added: ‘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.’
Kate said she has now stopped putting pressure on herself to go to the gym every day and instead just wants to spend time with her family.
The blonde beauty also said she is now adjusting to taking son Cree out and about after lockdown restrictions have been eased.
The exercise guru embarked on a relationship with footballer Rio in 2017 and stepped back from TOWIE to become a mother figure for the trio, after his first wife, Rebecca, tragically passed away from breast cancer in 2015.
Rio proposed to Kate in November 2018 after almost two years of dating and the couple filmed a similar video to their baby announcement.
Loved-up: She embarked on a relationship with football star Rio Ferdinand in 2017 and stepped back from TOWIE to become a mother figure to his children (pictured during her pregnancy)