The Saturdays singer opens up about how emotional she felt after the birth of her daughter and how that affected her relationship with husband Marvin
She seems to effortlessly glide between her work as a singer and guest TV presenter on This Morning, but Rochelle Humes has admitted that the first few months after her daughter, Alaia-Mai, 18 months, was born were tough.
Speaking in this month’s Cosmopolitan magazine, she says that she gets frustrated when people say that everything went back to normal straight after the birth of their baby.
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‘I’m not too proud to admit that having a child affects the intimacy in a relationship at first,’ she said. ‘I hate it when you hear people say they were at it again days later. I don’t believe it!’
Rochelle reveals that she had a C-section when giving birth to Alaia because she was breech and the umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck.
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‘The first time I had a shower afterwards, Marvin had to help me wash and I was crying. No one prepares you for that,’ the singer said.
But it was a message from fellow celebrity and mum-of-two, Myleene Klass, that helped her feel better.
‘[She] sent me a lovely text [saying], “Rochelle, it’s Day Three, don’t freak out. You WILL get teary.” I was so grateful because I felt like a freak! For the first few months, you’re so tired you just want to go to bed. I was so emotional.’
She also shared a classic new mum anecdote about how anything and everything set her off when she was feeling hormonal.
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‘One day, Marvin asked me what I wanted for breakfast and even that set me off. I just wailed “Cereal!” across the house. We still joke about it now!’
But in the end, Rochelle admits that seeing her daughter every day has made it all worthwhile.
‘We look at her and think, “That’s both of us there. It’s me and you and no one else in the world has the bond we have.”’
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