Chanelle: “I’ll drop 4st and have surgery to get back to size 10!”
Just six weeks after giving birth, Chanelle Hayes bravely poses in underwear to show her post-baby curves as she tells Closer about life after a tough pregnancy
She suffered extreme sickness, became severely anaemic and developed painful sciatica during her pregnancy, so it’s no surprise that Chanelle Hayes is overjoyed to finally pose with her gorgeous newborn Frankie.
And while she admits she’s looking forward to shedding her post-pregnancy pounds, for now she’s just relieved to be free of her crippling symptoms.
“By the end of my pregnancy, I felt enormous and had been so ill,” she says. “If I stood for more than ten minutes I was in agony. I was already big before, but I swelled up everywhere. It was just awful!”
Chanelle, 29, gave birth to baby Frankie Edward – with her PE teacher partner Ryan Oates – at the end of August.
“After a week I lost so much weight – as I’d had water retention – and my stomach went down so I felt miraculously slimmer. I felt like a size 6, I was like ‘I might walk around everywhere in a bikini.’ Then I looked in the mirror and thought ‘Oh, I’m still really big’,” she laughs.
After such a difficult pregnancy, Chanelle – who wanted to do this shoot to stand up for those mums who haven’t snapped back into shape and are struggling to regain their confidence – admits she’s enjoying feeling normal again and being able to eat properly.
“The sickness [she suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum and was vomiting up to 40 times a day] stopped at 30 weeks, but afterwards, Frankie was sitting really high so I developed terrible acid reflux.
“The morning I came out of hospital, I told Ryan, ‘I’m going to eat the biggest Domino’s you have ever seen!’”
Chanelle – who is also mum to Blakely, seven, from her brief relationship with footballer Matthew Bates – has yo-yoed over the years from a size 8 to an 18. But last year, when she was struggling with back pain and was told she risked becoming diabetic, she vowed to slim down.
“Before I found out I was pregnant my plan was to get down to a size 10 by my 30th birthday in November. That’s not going to happen now,” she says. “But I want to lose weight. Since having Frankie I’m more wobbly, I’ve got stretch marks on my stomach and my boobs are flat – empty Z cups!”
But while the Big Brother star is keen to get back into healthy eating and the gym, she has very low iron levels, which leaves her constantly exhausted.
“Some days I don’t even have the energy to get in the shower, let alone do a spin class!” she admits. “I’m on iron tablets, but until my levels go up, I can’t exercise.”
Chanelle jokes that she’s been on the “one hand” diet since Frankie was born.
“I have to be able to eat everything with one hand because I have him in the other arm,” she laughs. “I’m eating what I want. We’ve been eating out a fair bit, too, and my mum’s always bringing round meals.”
But the star – who’s 5ft 2 and currently a size 16-18 – vows to reach a size 10 and lose 4st by next summer.
She says, “I don’t want to get into a cycle of weighing myself every day, it’s not healthy when I have a young baby. I think I need to lose around 4st. I don’t want to decide an amount as I usually go on how I feel, but it would be around that. I bend over to dry my legs after a shower and my belly is touching my knees!”
“I’m an all or nothing person, so I’ll go out
walking with Frankie in the pram and then have personal training sessions – there’s a gym near me with a crèche, which is great.”
But the former glamour model, who had breast implants taking her from a B-cup to a DD six years ago, says she’ll also undergo surgery to get back her body.
“My boobs were huge during pregnancy. Ryan kept saying, ‘They’re bigger than my head!’” she laughs. “Now they’re like huge, empty balloons. Once I’ve lost the weight they’ll probably be on my knees, so I’ll have a breast uplift and smaller implants.”
And Chanelle says she’ll also consider a tummy tuck. She reveals, “If I end up with loose skin around my stomach I’ll have that taken off. And I’ve lost a lot of hair through pregnancy and anaemia, so I’d love a hairline transplant.”
She adds, “I’m wearing huge nursing bras with breast pads. I’ve never felt less sexy in my life! Ryan’s so supportive and I know he loves me whatever size I am. I’d love to get married, but only when I’ve lost weight. I can’t wait to feel sexy again.”
‘Ryan loves me no matter what size I am’