Casey: “I’m get­ting back in shape – & it’s all down to yoga”

Re­al­ity star Casey Batch­e­lor tells Closer about life as a new mum plus her post-preg­nancy fit­ness plan – and re­veals her best pal Vicky Pat­ti­son is get­ting broody

Closer (UK) - - Contents - By So­phie God­dard

She’s won praise for her S hon­est de­pic­tion of her post­baby body, post­ing nu­mer­ous pic­tures on­line. But Casey Batch­e­lor, 33, says she has started to get back into yoga, and has even been rop­ing in four-month-old Florence.

“I’m lov­ing get­ting into it again at home,” says Casey, who is a qual­i­fied yoga in­struc­tor. “It’s great for the mind and in­tense, fast yoga is good for shift­ing baby weight, too. It’s the only ex­er­cise I’m do­ing and I do it ev­ery day if I can. If Florence has a nap, I roll out my mat next to her. She’s gonna be my yoga buddy! It’s good be­cause you can ei­ther do gen­tle moves, or re­ally get a sweat on.”

For­mer model Casey, who has been dat­ing her part­ner, busi­ness­man Dane Good­son, for two and a half years, put on 4st while she was preg­nant and ad­mits see­ing her body change so rapidly was a shock.

She says, “I used to be a model and go­ing from a size 8 to a 16 was tough. You’re get­ting cel­lulite, back fat, a dou­ble chin, and my boobs were hu­mon­gous! But Dane would still say, ‘You look amaz­ing, babe’.”

CRASH DI­ETS

Casey – who ap­peared on CBB in 2014 – hasn’t been in a hurry to shift the baby weight.

She says, “I didn’t want to go on a crash diet, I wanted to fo­cus on Florence. She goes to bed at 7.30pm ev­ery night, so now I feel I can give my­self a bit of TLC and that’s why I’ve taken up yoga – for my body and my mind. When you have a baby, it’s re­ally im­por­tant to pro­tect your own san­ity. At my heav­i­est in preg­nancy, I was 13½st and I’m only 5ft 2! I’m not one to get on the scales, but I’ve lost some weight since hav­ing Florence. I’m not on a strict diet, but I’m be­ing a bit more care­ful and not hav­ing desserts. I had blue­berry muffins ev­ery day while preg­nant!”

Has Florence’s ar­rival helped put things in per­spec­tive? “Def­i­nitely,” she says. “To go through that and have the most amaz­ing beau­ti­ful baby, it makes you re­alise that the body stuff does not mat­ter at all. That’s why

I posted those bikini pic­tures on In­sta­gram, show­ing my post­na­tal body. I did it to give women body con­fi­dence. I was ap­pre­hen­sive, but I thought, you know what, my body’s done an amaz­ing thing and I should be proud. I’m ready to get back in shape – but in my own time and with no pres­sure.”

Dur­ing preg­nancy, Casey re­fused to deny her­self any­thing. She says, “Preg­nancy is the only time you can eat what you want! But now I’ll have scram­bled eggs on toast with avo­cado for break­fast, and tuna with rice and veg­eta­bles for lunch. Then chicken, rice and broc­coli for din­ner. I’m not get­ting much sleep, so good nu­tri­tion is key.”

UN­DER THE KNIFE

Be­fore she fell preg­nant, Casey had her nat­u­ral 32GG breasts re­duced to a 32EE in 2014, but they grew again dur­ing preg­nancy. She says, “They grew to a H-cup dur­ing preg­nancy – it was a lot of pres­sure on my back. They’ve gone back down to an F now.” And Casey ad­mits she wouldn’t stop Florence go­ing un­der the knife one day if nec­es­sary. She re­veals, “Big boobs run in my fam­ily – my mum and my nan had them too – so poor Florence! When you’re un­der 18, if they’re ridicu­lously big you can get them re­duced on the NHS and I wish I had. So there’s that op­tion, but to be hon­est, if she wanted them done I’d pay for it.” Florence’s ar­rival has made her ro­mance with Dane stronger, too. “We def­i­nitely will get mar­ried, it’s just a mat­ter of when,” she laughs. “Dane knows I’m wait­ing for a ring!” But for now, Florence is tak­ing pri­or­ity, with Casey’s friends clam­our­ing to meet her, in­clud­ing ex Ge­ordie Shore star Vicky Pat­ti­son. “Vicky and I have ar­ranged to meet up, she’s des­per­ate to meet Florence,” says Casey. “She’s been get­ting broody. She wants to look amaz­ing in her wed­ding dress, but then I’m sure ba­bies might be on the cards.”

‘Dane knows I’m wait­ing for a ring!’

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