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Nadia Sawalha feeling stressed as a mum: ‘I was overweight, puffy and stressed”

Even celebrities struggle with the motherhood juggle.

Nadia Sawalha – who is a HUGE fan of The Healthy Mummy’s 28 Day Weight Loss Challenges and even joined us at our UK Body Confidence photoshoot in London recently – has opened up about the challenges she faced when she became a mum.

The Loose Women star, who is mum to Maddie, 16, and Kiki-Bee, 11, has been praised for being so honest about how overwhelmed and inadequate she felt when she became a parent.

 

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#flashbackfriday .. this photo stirs up mixed emotions . On the one hand my heart soars because there is my beautiful first born @maddiemaddieee in my arms cute as a button ,utterly adorable . But then I look at my arms and hands red raw with eczema . I’m overweight and puffy and stressed . I found it so hard juggling work and motherhood . It was a terrible shock that I wasn’t a natural earth mother ,and I was feeling completely inadequate and overwhelmed . The mistake I made was I kept all my negative thoughts to myself pretending to the outside world that I was on top of everything . I was NOT hence the horrific eczema ,over eating and general unhappiness . If you are a new mum feeling overwhelmed don’t be hard on yourself , honestly my lovelies ,practically every other mum has felt the same way at some point . Don’t suffer in silence . Reach out to someone and just speak your truth . A problem shared is often a problem halved . And heh , all you wonder women ,it does get better I promise !! Did you find motherhood a shock ? Did you suffer in silence ? Who did you lean on ? Family ? Friends ? Health professional ? #eczema #newbaby #postnatal #babyblues #overwhelmed #postnataldepression #stressedout #stressed #parenting #newmum #newmoms #parentingtips #mummy #firsttimemum #firsttimemummy #healthymummy

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Nadia Sawalha talks about the stress she felt when she became a mum

Nadia has opened up about the anxiety she felt when she became a mum, which resulted in her developing eczema.

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Taking to Instagram, Nadia shared a throwback snap of herself with her eldest daughter Maddie.

“This photo stirs up mixed emotions. On the one hand my heart soars because there is my beautiful first born @maddiemaddieee in my arms cute as a button, utterly adorable,” she wrote.

“But then I look at my arms and hands red raw with eczema. I’m overweight and puffy and stressed.”

 

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The former EastEnders star admitted she assumed she’d be a natural but she felt the complete opposite.

“I found it so hard juggling work and motherhood. It was a terrible shock that I wasn’t a natural earth mother, and I was feeling completely inadequate and overwhelmed,” she said.

“The mistake I made was I kept all my negative thoughts to myself pretending to the outside world that I was on top of everything.

“I was NOT hence the horrific eczema ,over eating and general unhappiness.”

 

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BLOODY HELL! How blessed am I @mark_adderley to have these THREE to return home to every day?! Nadia @maddiemaddieee & @kookalokabee you are THREE stars in my everyday!!!! Thanks for PUTTING UP WITH ALL MY NONSENSE!!! #blessed #family #gratitude #familygoals #familyphotography #wife #daughters #prouddad #proudhusband

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Nadia has urged new mums to be open about how they are feeling and to reach out for help.

“If you are a new mum feeling overwhelmed don’t be hard on yourself, honestly my lovelies, practically every other mum has felt the same way at some point,” she added.

“Don’t suffer in silence. Reach out to someone and just speak your truth. A problem shared is often a problem halved.

“And heh, all you wonder women, it does get better I promise!! Did you find motherhood a shock? Did you suffer in silence? Who did you lean on? Family? Friends? Health professional?”

Getting the support you need

The Association for Post Natal Illness offers confidential phone counselling for women who need a chat. Check out their website for more info.

There are also plenty of helpful resources available at the PANDAS foundation websitealong with a confidential phone line, online chat groups and in person support groups.

Beat stress with exercise – Nadia Sawalha shares why she’s a fan of The Healthy Mummy

 

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SWIPE ACROSS to see a formidable group of women having the best bloody time standing proud of themselves and their beautiful bodies !!Did you put in weight after having your babies ? Was there anything out there to really help you ? ♥️🌈♥️🌈♥️ Oh my god I loved today so much . Hanging out with like minded mamas all of whom gained weight after having their babies , all of whom now know that diets don’t work and only re-education , healthy eating , exercise ( though not too much 😂😂) and a heathy attitude will get you to a fit strong healthy body . And that if we want our daughters and granddaughters to be free of the many body issues we’ve endured then we have to show them how to love who they are by showing them the best example! Show them to eat everything( yes cake 🧁 too)in moderation , show them that keeping fit is fun and to let them hear us saying how damn fine we are !! The women in these photos have all joined the @thehealthymummy community and have together lost weight , found friends and a newfound confidence ! The gorgeous bird in the middle is @rhianbusyallen the founder of @thehealthymummyuk and she is a force of nature ! She is utterly committed to her quest to empower women to make the changes they need to turn their lives around ! Search The Healthy Mummy on insta , Facebook or goggle . You never know they may be the tribe you’ve been searching for ..#bodyconfidence #realwomenhavecurves #strongfit #curvywomen #postnatalfitness #postnatalbody #gettingfit #healthyrecipes #postnatalexercise #loveyourbody #bodypositivemovement #realwomen #strongwomenrock #strongwomenunite #AD #thehealthymummy

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After meeting The Healthy Mummy founder Rhian and chatting with six INCREDIBLE mums about their journeys to gain better health and body confidence for our recent London photoshoot, it was evident that Nadia quickly fell in love with the whole ethos of The Healthy Mummy.

Taking to Instagram, she reminded her followers to lead by example in showing our daughters and granddaughters how to love our bodies.

 

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I cannot believe this was a week ago!! It was soooo good to do the body confidence shoot in London with these amazing mums!!! Ladies you are all amazing – thank you so much for taking part!! #thehealthymummy #bodyconfidence #healthymummy #uk #greatbritain #confidence #amazing #inspiration

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She said: “A formidable group of women having the beset bloody time standing proud of themselves and their beautiful bodies! Did you put on weight after having your babies? Was there anything out there to really help you?

“Oh my god I loved today so much. Hanging out with like minded mamas all of whom gained weight after having their babies, all of whom know that diets don’t work and only re-education, healthy eating, exercise (though not too much) and a healthy attitude will get you to a fit, strong, healthy body.”

 

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I just want to talk about today. As you know The Healthy Mummy is all about REAL. Real mums. Real stories and Real results and I hope you know by know that I am REAL and in here every day listening to your feedback and actioning all I can. And today we had 6 UK mums in our body confidence shoot who have transformed their bodies and health on our plans – and it was INCREDIBLE to see these ladies strutting heir stuff in their undies (thank you Nashara, Tracey, Laura, Hellevi, Alexandra, and Becki). Plus we had a few extra special well known guests too – and I wanted to do a shout out to them today too! @nadiasawalhaandfamily came along and I just want to say – THIS LADY IS AMAZING. I LOVED Nadia – real, raw and FUN and I feel genuinely feel so lucky to have Nadia come down and what I loved MOST was that Nadia is AWESOME. This lady may be a celeb but she is real, honest, heartfelt, gorgeous and a BARREL of laughs – I want to have her in my life – she is truly a great chick and her values match exactly with The Healthy Mummy – and I just can’t love her realness enough – we NEED more women celebs like this. We NEED it. Vicky from @Honestmum – this lady ROCKS. So many positive vibes. So much CONFIDENCE and so real – you were amazing Vicki and you are a leader in your field and we LOVE what you do And a massive thank you to Luyc @realmumreviews and Bec @notanothermumgroup for coming along , meeting the girls and being absolutely AMAZING. These ladies have amazing insta pages and blogs and I was totally chuffed to have them at our shoot I strongly believe that MUMS are the most important people of the world – short term and long term. If we can empower mums to live a healthier life and educate mums on how to be healthy – there will be a MASS positive roll out effect ( over years) Today was amazing and I am forever grateful for what I do and what the entire @healthymummy team does THANK YOU for being here xx #thehealthymummy #healthymummyworlddomination #uk #london #real #mums #tuesday #healthy

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Help our daughters and granddaughters be free of body issues

“And that if we want our daughters and granddaughters to be free of the many body issues we’ve endured then we have to show them how to love who they are by showing them the best example! Show them to eat everything( yes cake too) in moderation, show them that keeping fit is fun and to let them hear us saying how damn fine we are!

“The women in these photos have all joined the @thehealthymummy community and have together lost weight, found friends and a newfound confidence!

“The gorgeous bird in the middle is @rhianbusyallen the founder of @thehealthymummyuk and she is a force of nature! She is utterly committed to her quest to empower women to make the changes they need to turn their lives around ! Search The Healthy Mummy on insta, Facebook or Google . You never know, they may be the tribe you’ve been searching for .#bodyconfidence”

Thanks for coming along and sharing this amazing day with us Nadia and for being an absolutely amazing role model in this world for women and mums.

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