Danielle: “I love my wob­bly post-baby body”

Danielle Lloyd opens up to Closer about life as a mum of four and show­ing off her curves

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She’s had a roller-coaster S re­la­tion­ship with her body over the years. Then Danielle Lloyd be­came an ad­vo­cate for healthy liv­ing and be­ing con­fi­dent in your own skin af­ter post­ing a tummy-bear­ing pic­ture of her­self on In­sta­gram, only one week af­ter giv­ing birth to her fourth son, Ron­nie, in Septem­ber. The post was cap­tioned, “I’ve had four chil­dren and I’d never dream of sneer­ing at an­other mum’s body. Let’s all start fo­cus­ing on what’s RE­ALLY im­por­tant, look­ing af­ter our kids – and fo­cus­ing on our fam­i­lies rather than our bod­ies.”

De­spite Danielle, 33, ad­mit­ting that she’s ex­tremely lucky to have lost her baby weight rel­a­tively quickly, the for­mer glam­our model says it’s been a long jour­ney to fi­nally start em­brac­ing her body. “I’m so happy right now, and I don’t care if I’m not in per­fect shape,” she says. “I’ve got wob­bly bits and a lit­tle bump on my tummy, but it doesn’t bother me. I’ve spent years cry­ing over my fig­ure, es­pe­cially af­ter I had my other chil­dren. I felt so big and un­com­fort­able. But I’ve fi­nally learned to love my­self, and that’s taken me a re­ally long time.”

The star lives with her fi­ancé Michael O’neill, and her sons Archie, seven, Harry, six, and Ge­orge, three, from her pre­vi­ous mar­riage to foot­baller Jamie O’hara. In Septem­ber, Jamie Tweeted Danielle claim­ing that he hadn’t seen his kids in a month, and last week he posted a pic­ture on Snapchat of the few be­long­ings he’d had re­turned from their mar­i­tal home, in­sin­u­at­ing she had kept £200k worth of fur­ni­ture and count­less per­sonal be­long­ings.

MEN­TAL BEN­E­FITS

How­ever size 10 Danielle says she does not want to talk about Jamie, and wants to fo­cus on her new life. She kick-started her twice­weekly work­outs just six weeks af­ter giv­ing birth to Ron­nie, but in­sists they’re more for the men­tal ben­e­fits than the phys­i­cal ones.

“I don’t ex­er­cise for my body, al­though I do want to tone up my stom­ach and the top of my legs,” she tells us. “Those two hours each week are just for me, where I can get out of the house and fo­cus on my­self. Things are hec­tic at home and I ab­so­lutely love it, but it’s the one place I can chan­nel my en­ergy into some­thing else.

“I hadn’t been to the gym for about a year, as I’d stopped go­ing be­fore I con­ceived, so it was re­ally tough. I’m so un­fit and get tired run­ning up the stairs, but I love weight train­ing and strength ex­er­cises like squats and press-ups.”

Work­ing out is now more im­por­tant than ever to Danielle. She’s spo­ken can­didly in the past about her strug­gle with post­na­tal de­pres­sion af­ter her pre­vi­ous preg­nan­cies, and she was “ter­ri­fied” that it would re­turn. Danielle says, “I’ve been lucky this time around. I get such a huge boost of en­dor­phins af­ter ex­er­cis­ing, and that’s made a huge dif­fer­ence.”

EM­POWER MUMS

Danielle says she posted her skimpy post­na­tal pic­ture so soon af­ter Ron­nie’s birth be­cause she’d had no time to diet or go to the gym, and wanted to show that post-baby bod­ies come in all shapes and sizes, as well as en­cour­age women to sup­port each other.

She says, “You see so much scru­tiny over our bod­ies – peo­ple crit­i­cised Ch­eryl when she was back look­ing like her old self four months af­ter she gave birth to her son, Bear, but that’s just the re­al­ity for some peo­ple. This is what I look like with a two month old – I know I’m one of the lucky ones in that re­spect. It shouldn’t be any­thing to be ashamed of, whether you’re fat or thin.

“When I was breast­feed­ing, my body shrank straight away, and I lost a lot of weight. I’ve stopped now, so I’m putting it back on,

‘I spent years cry­ing over my fig­ure’

but I’m not both­ered as long as I feel good.” Danielle ad­mits that she was at her heav­i­est when she con­ceived, weigh­ing 11st, and put on a stone dur­ing preg­nancy. She’s now 10st 5lbs, and also at­tributes her weight-loss to not drink­ing al­co­hol and healthy eat­ing through­out her preg­nancy. The re­al­ity star sticks to por­ridge with berries in the morn­ing, then chicken or fish with veg­eta­bles and rice for lunch and din­ner. Danielle says, “I look af­ter my­self, and I try to eat with the kids in the morn­ing, then Michael and I will have din­ner to­gether in the evening. He makes me feel amaz­ing ev­ery day, telling me I’m per­fect in his eyes what­ever I look like. That’s more im­por­tant than any­thing.”

Danielle and fi­ancé Michael with the kids She posted this pic weeks af­ter Ron­nie was born With her son Ron­nie, birth shortly af­ter giv­ing

Danielle en­joys the en­dor­phin boost she gets from ex­er­cis­ing

AGE: 33 HEIGHT: 5FT 5 WEIGHT: 10½ST DRESS SIZE: 10

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