Former Capital FM presenter Amina Abdi has narrated how post-partum weight gain and social pressure can push new mums into the danger zones.
The popular presenter narrated how trying to look sexy and flawless after giving birth to her firstborn became a health hazard and even left her with a hospital bill. She recalled how she fainted at work after over-wearing a waist trainer.
“There is the pressure that you put on yourself as mum which needs to stop,” said the presenter.
“I remember when I just gave birth and I didn’t want to look like that, I got this belt that I was wearing. I heard about it when I was watching Keeping up with the Kardashians. I was wearing it 24/7 and this one morning I fainted, and I was rushed to the hospital. I couldn’t breathe.”
She wondered why people go for waist trainers knowing very well how dangerous they can be.
“People walk around with this belt, and you can’t breathe, all for what!” Amina wondered.
Amina gave birth to her firstborn eight years ago. Then, she detailed that her weight control plan was just eating right and working out.
But in a recent confession, she revealed that her motherhood journey brought a lot of changes to her body and life.
She wasn’t expecting it to be easy, but it also turned out a lot harder than she hoped.
“People just need to tell you it’s so difficult, and it doesn’t matter how much money you have, or you can get like 10 nannies,” she said.
“The whole process whether you gave birth or its adoption it a whole different transition to how you used to live. Your body is changing, you are hormonal all the time, you are breastfeeding, and it’s not enough, it’s a lot and the people who are telling you they are not stressed, they are lying.
“I thought it was because that was my first child, I was like I didn’t know anything. It was so painful, people lie they just show you this beautiful amazing life, all these planned photoshoots when the baby is not crying and throwing themselves on the floor, people just show you a very different side of it.”