Kate Ferdinand 'cried every day for five weeks' after C-section birth
‘I cried every single day for five weeks’: Kate Ferdinand shares how she struggled with her mental health after having an emergency C-section when she gave birth to son Cree
Kate Ferdinand has admitted she cried ‘every single day for five weeks’ after having an emergency C-section when she gave birth to baby son Cree.
The former TOWIE star, 29, spoke candidly in an interview with Fabulous magazine on Saturday, saying she ‘struggled’ with a lot of anxiety afterwards.
Since announcing the arrival of their son Cree in December, Kate has kept a relatively low profile while she recovers from her C-section at home.
‘I cried every single day for five weeks’: Kate Ferdinand shared in an interview on Saturday how she struggled with her mental health after having a C-section when she gave birth to son Cree
And as she reflected on her time at home, Kate told the publication: ‘I think I cried every single day for about five weeks.
‘You expect to be doing everything you possibly can for your baby and when you can’t… It was something I really struggled with.
‘I was in my own little world, I felt really confused and had lots of anxiety and I didn’t think anyone understood.’
Kate added that she was ‘all over the place emotionally’ because she struggled with daily tasks such as putting on clothes, and would need to call out for help if she dropped an item like a phone because she couldn’t pick it up herself.
In recovery: Since announcing the arrival of their son in December, Kate has kept a relatively low profile while she recovers from her C-section (pictured with husband Rio Ferdinand)
Candid: Of her struggles, Kate admitted: ‘You expect to be doing everything you possibly can for your baby and when you can’t… It was something I really struggled with’
Earlier in the day Kate revealed plans to toast and honour her husband Rio’s late wife Rebecca Ellison as she celebrates her first Mother’s Day with son Cree.
She disclosed that she plans to mark the occasion quietly at home, as the family remembers Rebecca, who died in 2015 aged 34 after a battle with cancer, and Rio’s mother Janice, who lost her life to the same disease in 2017.
Kate said that Mother’s Day was ‘difficult’ for their household because Rio and Rebecca’s children Lorenz, 14, Tate, 12, and Tia, nine, feel the loss, and she also deals with her own anxiety as the ‘build-up is hard’.
Remembrance: Earlier in the day Kate revealed plans to toast and honour her husband Rio’s late wife Rebecca Ellison as she celebrates her first Mother’s Day with son Cree
She claimed she didn’t like seeming ‘insensitive or selfish’ by celebrating the day given Rio and his kids loss, but Kate said they will ‘have a toast’ to Rebecca and Rio’s mother Janice.
Football pundit Rio, 42, raised his children alone following Rebecca’s death, before he embarked on his romance with Kate in 2016.
In early December, Kate, who gave birth to her son Cree 12 weeks ago, was pictured heading out for a family dinner with Rio and his three children as they marked the 40th birthday of his late wife Rebecca.
The star was seen embracing Rebecca’s parents Lesley and Stephen as they stepped out for a meal with Rio’s children in Southend, Essex, with sources claiming Kate was ‘determined to attend’ despite being heavily pregnant at the time.
Heartbreaking: Former fitness trainer Rebecca tragically passed away in 2015 aged 34 following a battle with breast cancer. Pictured with Rio Ferdinand in 2009
Last month, media personalty Kate branded the idea that she might love her son Cree more than her three stepchildren ‘offensive’.
While speaking with fans on Instagram, one asked her: ‘Do you love your own child a lot more than step-children? I fear this will happen to me.’
She responded: ‘I love all four children equally and I will never see any difference between my biological and non biological children.’
Showing her devotion to her stepchildren, Kate added: ‘Lorenz, Tate & Tia taught me what it feels like to love a child way before I had Cree.’
Family: Kate is stepmother to Rio’s children – Lorenz, 14, Tate, 12 and Tia, nine – and has spoken about struggling to take on the role following Rebecca’s death
In February of last year, Kate discussed the struggles she overcame when she took on the role of stepmother to Rio’s three children in the BBC documentary Rio and Kate: Becoming a Stepfamily.
The star explained at the time she writes letters to Rebecca and feels like she ‘grieves for someone she never knew’, while Rio’s children wrote cards for their late mum on Mother’s Day.
Reading out her card, Kate broke down in tears as she explained: ‘I’m sorry I don’t know why this makes me so upset – I feel like I’m grieving for someone I never knew.’
She continued: ‘I hope I’m doing a good job of looking after them for you. It’s a bloody hard job but I wouldn’t have it any other way.’
Kate also explained there is a special room in the house for Rio’s children full of pictures of their late mother, along with pictures of their grandmother Janice, who passed away in 2017.
Difficult: In February 2020, Kate discussed the struggles she overcame when she took on the role of stepmother to Rio’s three children, admitting she ‘grieves for someone she never knew’
The ‘deeply personal’ programme showed the months leading up to Kate and Rio’s September 2019 wedding, while looking at the ’emotionally complicated dilemmas’ that the family face together.
The film, called Rio and Kate: Becoming A Step Family, followed the football star’s previous Bafta-winning documentary in 2017, Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum And Dad, in which he came to terms with the effect of losing his wife while caring for his family.
Rio and Kate said: ‘The positive response to Being Mum And Dad in 2017 and the way it helped others going through a similar situation was overwhelming. For that reason we were both compelled to tell the next chapter in our lives together.
‘We hope Becoming A Step Family will give a unique insight into step-families and the journey through grief, whilst also providing an intimate look at our lives together.’
Kate recently ruled out having any more children following the traumatic birth of her newborn baby – and joked motherhood has aged her by a decade.
Family: The couple, who wed in September 2019, allowed cameras into their lives for intimate documentary called Rio and Kate: Becoming a Stepfamily. The film aired last year
Speaking to MailOnline in her first interview following the birth of son Cree, the former reality star said the thought of expanding her family makes her feel ‘anxious’ as she recovers from life-saving surgery.
The blonde explained she wants to give fellow mums a ‘real’ perspective of post-baby life, saying she would be ‘lying’ if she was only uploading glamorous pictures.
On the prospect of having more children, the blonde said: ‘If you ask me right now I would say never ever again. Our house is very hectic as it is.
‘We have four kids and two dogs, it’s a madhouse. The thought of having another one makes me slightly anxious.
‘I’m only 29 but I feel 39 at the moment! But you never know, I might feel different in a few years.’
Equal amounts of love: Last month, media personalty Kate branded the idea that she might love her son Cree more than her three stepchildren ‘offensive’. Pictured last year
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