A group of mothers discuss how they felt about their body image after birth.
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Rachel Royce: Oh, I think the most disappointing thing for me when I came out of the hospital, I have been nine months out here, absolutely huge. I am quite a small person , but the baby was big, nine pounds full. I thought great! I would be able to put all my old clothes back on, I was so excited. I mean I love fashion. I used to be a fashion correspondent and got lots of designer clothes. And I cried because I tried to pull my jeans on and I couldn't do them up. And I am like oh no, I am still fat, because it doesn't all go down straight away. The babies come out but I don't know what happens, but like your muscles disappears, don't they? Because they are sort of like your muscles are going to separate when you are pregnant and I just – Ingrid Tarrant: Well you would feel rib cage moves out, doesn't it? And everything gets, because it's funny enough I only put on a stone in weight with my first child and lost it. So when I came out of hospital, I was exactly the same weight, my pre-pregnancy weight. I couldn't believe. I mean he was about 7, 8 and everything. And I was thinking well, where has the rest of it gone? But you have all the water, the fluids everything. So I thought that, oh, I would be able to put my clothes on. But although I was the same weight, pre-pregnancy weight, completely different shape. The worst thing was – and this has happened twice after two babies and you go wondering while in the hospital and everything and I like when is the baby due? Isn't' that awful? Rachel Royce: I still get that six years on. I am reporter, and I was at a hospital and we were doing a story about maternity, and the obstetrician said to me, are you with me? I am like the -- because he knew – he meant was I one of his clients? And he thought I was pregnant. I had my baby six years ago. I am out of proportion. My tummy sticks out more than the rest of me. And honestly I get asked once a month by some stranger. Ingrid Tarrant: But we are talking since you were pregnant though. Rachel Royce: Yeah. I am talking about – Ingrid Tarrant: It's never gone back to your normal figure. Rachel Royce: No. it's never gone flat again, now six years later. And I get regularly asked like once a month, when you have the baby. Sometimes that gets me in such a bad mood I just grit my teeth and go I am fat not pregnant, people are so embarrassed. Mara Lee: I would like to say, I am sorry, Rachel, about that's happened to you, because it happened to me on the train the other day, I was reading a Jools Oliver’s book and it's about her pregnancy diary, and baby diary; for work I was reading it. And I had the dress on that I thought made me look fabulous, but it just doesn't quite help, I had the pot belly. It glides over it and curves. And the woman said there is a seat here if you like. And I just thought, I was being mistaken for being pregnant. I just said, don't worry I am not and I just went, no, I am fine I just pushed it out. Ingrid Tarrant: You can take advantage of that, because that -- Rachel Royce: Well you -- I mean you obviously look like you got your figure back, no problem. Ingrid Tarrant: Funny enough, I did get it back, thankfully. With the first one, I was to say, I really put on a stone and that went very quickly. With the second one, each one took a little bit longer obviously. But I will tell you what I mean this breastfeeding, in any case I was always going to breastfeed. I was never going to put sort of chemicals and formulas in my baby's mouth and it is true that that does help, and you can feel your stomach contracting, you really – Rachel Royce: It really does. Ingrid Tarrant: Oh, definitely. Rachel Royce: I didn't feel like I had lost weight until I stopped breastfeeding. So I was -- when I was breastfeeding. Ingrid Tarrant: Oh I could feel it always through and anything. But with the third child Sammy, I never dieted either until I finished breastfeeding and I was breastfeeding probably for an average of six mo
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