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After giving birth to her son Cree last month, Kate Ferdinand has been brutally honest online about her first weeks of motherhood and has been praised by fans for her frankness.
Opening up about her challenges with her Instagram followers, Kate, 29 – who is also stepmum to former footballer Rio Ferdinand’s children Lorenz, 14, Tate, 12, and Tia, nine – candidly admitted how hard she’s found things.
“I’ve always been super emotional – whatever I’m feeling, everyone always knows. I like to wear my heart on my sleeve,” she said.
“Since giving birth, my emotions are still all over the place. I cry often – I feel so happy with our beautiful new addition but often have moments of feeling overwhelmed. I don’t know whether I’m coming or going most days.”
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Along with the heightened emotions being a new mum can bring, the ex-TOWIE star confessed that being in lockdown has made it even more difficult.
Sharing a note from her stepchildren on Instagram which read, “Pls stop crying I love u,” she wrote alongside, “Just when I thought the screaming baby would drown out the sound of my tears, I get this through the door as if I wasn’t emotional enough.”
While she acknowledged she’s “blessed” to have husband Rio, 42, and their family, Kate said, “Some moments I’m feeling amazing and full of love, but I’m too often left feeling low, like I can’t escape. I’m not sure if this is the after effects of an emergency c section or the stress of another lockdown – maybe it’s even a mix of both.”
Kate Ferdinand says her emotions are ‘all over the place’ and she ‘feels overwhelmed’ after giving birth
Kate Ferdinand shares adorable new snap of newborn son Cree after admitting she feels ‘overwhelmed’
She went on to admit she’s been feeling like a “robot going through the same routine daily”, explaining, “A mix of the new baby, lockdown, kids at home and lack of sleep have well and truly got me.”
She added, “My emotions and anxiety are at an all time high. All my coping mechanisms I’ve learnt over the years to keep my anxiety at bay I can’t utilise. A workout, a long walk, some alone time.”
Kate’s followers were quick to praise her for being open about her struggles. Presenter Fearne Cotton said, “A powerful, important message Kate. None of us should be breezing through this. It’s a big daily challenge. Thank you for sharing. So much love to you.”
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Her former TOWIE co-star Danielle Armstrong added, “A post that so many of us can relate to. You can only do your best and that’s more then enough. Sending you lots of love darling.”
Others thanked her for sharing her personal woes and helping others. One fan gushed, “Sooo glad you are sharing the reality of being a new mum in the middle of a pandemic! This post will mean so much to so many women going through/and have been through a similar thing. You are amazing! You got this girl.”
Another said, “What an amazing, inspiring lady. So nice to see people sharing how they actually feel,” while a third added, “Kate this is amazing, vulnerable, emotional, thank you for sharing. Better times are coming and you’re not alone. All the love gorgeous lady.”
Rio and Kate Ferdinand
Kate announced their addition to the family in an Instagram post on Christmas Eve, but soon opened up about how difficult she was finding motherhood.
Sharing a picture of her bruised skin as she held Cree over her shoulder, she wrote, “I wanted to share this with you. This is me … and let me add this is a much better version of me than the last 10 days. After having an emergency c section, and a bit of a traumatic birth I’ve been completely wiped out.
“The happiness has been overwhelming but so have the tears and emotions, I’ve felt like I can’t do what I’m meant to be doing with Cree as I haven’t been able to change or feed him consistently which has had me feeling all types of guilt, for Cree, Rio & that I can’t be doing what I normally do for the kids.”
She added, “It’s a whirlwind I just wasn’t expecting … but at the same time the most perfect whirlwind.” We think you’re doing a great job, Kate!
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