Rio Ferdinand helped Kate ask for help with tough recovery from C-section after giving birth to Cree

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Kate Ferdinand opened up about her post-baby struggles after being encouraged to speak out by hubby Rio, a source told new.

The former TOWIE star was at a low following her emergency Caesarean with their son Cree in December.

The 29-year-old bravely spoke out about how she cried “every single day for five weeks” as she tried to cope with day-to-day life while recovering from the op.

She said, “You expect to be doing everything you possibly can for your baby and when you can’t… It was something I really struggled with.”

And a source has told new it was Rio, 42, who was her rock and urged her to reach out.

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The former Manchester United footballer found the public support he got after opening up about losing first wife Rebecca to cancer in 2015, aged 34, helped him cope with his grief.

“Kate was really struggling,” our source claimed. “It was a really tough time for her.

"She had her birth all mapped out and it all went a different direction. It was a huge shock and it threw her."

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They added: "Rio has been amazing to Kate. He told her to be honest and open up because he knew how supported she’d be by women who’d been through the same.

"Rio had to be vulnerable when he opened up about his grief after losing Rebecca and it helped him to know other people had experienced similar things.”

During the candid chat, Kate – also a stepmum to Rio’s kids Lorenz, 14, Tate, 12, and Tia, nine, with Rebecca – said she was “all over the place emotionally” as the C-section recovery meant doing basic tasks was tough.

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“Kate is used to being in control in the house and looking after everyone,” our source claimed. “It was hard for her as she’s so organised and found it hard to ask for help at first.”

Kate, who married Rio in September 2019, hinted at her struggles in January when she shared a note her stepkids pushed under the door when they heard her weeping, which read, “Pls stop crying I love u.”

Posting on Instagram, she said, “To new mums, mums, step-mums… and anyone struggling in lockdown, I feel you!

"Sometimes we just need to sneak in our room and have a little cry… even then, because of lockdown, we may have lots of little ears listening in.”

Our source claimed, “Kate is lucky to have Rio and the kids as they are so tight-knit and pull together when they need to.

"Kate loves being a mum and adores her family but she’s thankful she can open up about the difficulties and connect with others.”

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