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Kate Ferdinand has candidly opened up on her post-baby body, admitting she didn't recognise herself after giving birth to her son Cree.
The 29 year old welcomed her first child with husband Rio Ferdinand, 42, in December, and was praised for sharing a photo of her "real" post-baby body just 11 days after giving birth.
Former The Only Way Is Essex star Kate has now spoken out on her feelings towards her changed body, saying she felt "abnormal" and "panicked."
Speaking to The Sun, stunning Kate said: "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. I was feeling really abnormal and I started panicking. 'Am I meant to be feeling like this?'
"I was so happy but very emotional. And I was looking through social media and thinking, 'Is this normal? Because no one ever says this'.
"I thought, 'If I put up a photo of me with my hair and make up done perfect, that is not real and it is not how I feel'.
"I felt like I had to share it. And then it was crazy the amount of people who told me they felt the same. I think that's why it is right to not share the perfect pictures all the time.
"When you are going through post-pregnancy, you can't see out of the bubble. You think, 'I am never going to go back to normal or feel the same again'.
"But you do come out of the other side and you will feel OK," she continued to reassure fans who may be feeling the same.
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However, she did go on to joke: "I am a bit freaked out that those big black knickers have been seen by the world."
Kate shared the inspiring photo and very honest caption less than two weeks after giving birth, writing to her 1.4million followers at the time: "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.
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It's a whirlwind I just wasn't expecting … but at the same time the most perfect whirlwind.
"To be standing up holding my bubba like this is a dream right now . When we are stripped of all the things we can normally do, the small things become extra special…
"P.S. for anyone about to give birth, make sure you have a huge stock of big black knickers, the bigger the better."
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