It's been just over three weeks since YouTubers Zoe Sugg and Alfie Deyes welcomed their first child, Ottilie Rue Deyes. And, although the pair have kept a relatively low profile on socials while they adjust to their new lives as parents, over the weekend Zoe opened up to her 9.3 million Instagram followers about how she's been handling postpartum life.
Speaking to her fans in a Q&A session on her Instagram Story, Zoe got ~very~ real about all things postpartum, as well as her birthing experience.
When asked how painful she'd rate Ottilie's birth on a scale of one to ten, Zoe said: "Obviously this varies for everyone, but I was actually a bit shocked by how much more it hurt than I thought it would."
She continued, "I've watched a lot of women calmly breathing their babies out, so I thought 'can't be that painful then... I can do that.'" But, she added, "There was one moment I was in the bath crying to Alfie saying, 'How the f*** does anyone do this at home with nothing?'"
Zoe candidly talked about opting for an epidural to help her through the birth, telling her followers, "Breathing techniques and TENS machine only got me so far and I've never been happier to have an epidural!"
She also went on to explain how she had an episiotomy (when a cut is made in the area between the vagina and anus to allow the baby to come through more easily) during birth. Because of the episiotomy, Zoe's been taking the time to allow her body to recover post-birth. "I've definitely found the physical part a bit harder than I thought," she said, "I had an episiotomy and ventouse, so [I've been] dealing with stitches and bruising."
She continued, "I'm just taking each day as it comes and reminding myself that my body has been through a lot and will take a while to feel normal again. It has definitely frustrated me though, especially as I have more energy now that I'm not pregnant."
On the topic of no longer being pregnant, Zoe admitted she does miss her baby bump at times. "Sometimes I walk past the mirror and think something is missing, then I remember my bump is gone," she said.
"I loved having her inside me and feeling her move, it feels like such a special part of you and then all of a sudden it's gone. But on the other hand, now she's here in real life which is so much better and I have no more pregnancy symptoms. I'm so happy not to be guzzling Gaviscon evening or having restless legs at night!"
As well as the physical side of postpartum life, Zoe spoke about how she's coping mentally. "I'm SO happy and basically living on cloud nine in a baby bubble of pure bliss," she said, "couldn't even tell you what day it is most of the time."
We can't to hear more about the couple's parenting journey!
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