Fearne Cotton has revealed that, despite all the tabloid articles about her “springing back into shape”, she wasn’t too concerned about losing weight quickly after giving birth to her son Rex in February.
Instead, she said, she made a point of taking the whole exercise-after-pregnancy thing nice and slowly.
“I was in no rush,” she told Yahoo! Lifestyle, “just doing lots of yoga and feeling good about myself again. Not that I didn’t feel good about myself when I was pregnant – you just surrender your body when you become pregnant, and then you get it back.
And how is she finding life with a baby? “I don’t always feel like I’m doing it well,” Fearne admitted. “You’re just spinning plates. When you’re at work, you’re thinking ‘I should be at home with my baby’; when you’re with your baby, you’re thinking ‘I’ve got a thousand emails to answer’. It’s hard to get a balance.
“But I don’t care what people think – my main goal in life at the moment is to be a great mum.”
Fearne also revealed that make-up does wonders for her self-esteem.
“I found, when I was pregnant, it was really, really important because I didn’t feel attractive,” she said.
“I felt kind of amazing and beautiful in a way because I had this amazing thing going on, but I felt like, my God, I just look really huge and my face has inflated.
“There’s a really lovely phase after you’ve had the baby, and you’ve breastfed and been full-on mum, and then, all of a sudden, you can fit back into your jeans and you’re like ‘I’m me again’.
“It’s a real moment and it took me about six months. When I got to that point I thought, ‘Right, I’m going to have some fun with the way I look now’. But there’s that transition phase where everything’s getting back to normal.
“There was a seminal moment when I was on holiday in Ibiza and I felt a bit frumpy still and wasn’t sure where I was at. And I thought, ‘I’m going to dye my hair pink’. It was the little boost that I needed – I felt like a peacock.”