Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is opening up about her postpartum struggles. During a recent interview, the supermodel, 32, talked to mommy-to-be Ashley Graham about how difficult it was for her to shed the baby weight after giving birth to her first child in 2017.
While on the 32-year-old's podcast Pretty Big Deal, Rosie told Ashley that she allowed herself to go with the flow. "Listen, I enjoyed myself. I let the reins go," she explained. “It’s a new experience, so you’re kind of like, 'Well, let’s see how this goes.' And six months in I was like, 'What? This is crazy! '"
Rosie ended up gaining 55 pounds during her pregnancy and found it difficult to accept her changing body. She revealed that she was only able to feel comfortable in her skin after she “basically walked around naked for the last month at home."
"By the end I just felt really empowered in my body, but it took a minute to get there," she said.
However, after giving birth to son Jack, Rosie didn’t drop the pounds as quickly as she thought she would. "I would look in the mirror and I was like, 'I have 35 to 40 pounds to lose,'" she recalled. "And I go to the gym, go to the gym, go to the gym. It’s not falling off, it’s not coming off, and it was very humbling for me, because having had a certain body type for most of my life … I will say working out in the gym and looking back at myself and feeling like s**t, I was like, 'Now I understand how hard it is for some people to get to the gym.'”
After struggling to achieve that post-pregnancy snapback and contending with social media comments from trolls who claimed she "ruined" her body, Rosie admitted that she felt guilty for previously telling people that maintaining her thin, statuesque figure was easy with just a little exercise. “I cannot tell people how to feel about their bodies, because everybody has a different experience," she realized.
"Everybody's body is different, everyone is on their own journey," Rosie continued before adding, "I really want every mother to really focus on herself but also the time with her child and it’ll come, it’ll happen, and everybody gets back to a place where they feel good again, if not better. Because I feel better, and I feel a different respect for my body than I did before."
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