Hollyoaks’ Jennifer Metcalfe on pregnancy: 'I felt like I had a nine-month hangover without the fun in-between'
She’s doing her bit to make new mums feel better about themselves, speaking openly about her pregnancy and body.
Jennifer Metcalfe has spoken of her struggle throughout her pregnancy, describing it as feeling like she had a “hangover” for nine months.
The actress, who is best known for playing Mercedes McQueen in Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks, gave birth in June to son Daye, her first child with partner Greg Lake.
Metcalfe, 35, told The Daily Mail: “I just felt pants every day. I just felt like I had a nine-month hangover without the fun in-between, obviously.
“Every day I just felt a bit sick.”
She said she had “a bit of every pregnancy symptom you can get”.
“I had a bit of constipation, I was beyond tired, the nausea was the worst because that started after six weeks and went right through until the end.”
Metcalfe added: “I’m glad it’s over!”
Having given birth three months ago, Metcalfe – who won the sexiest female prize at the 2015 Inside Soap Awards – said she feels much more confident about her figure now and said that as long as she is not “severely overweight or underweight”, she will be happy.
She said: “For the last few years I’ve felt very confident in my own skin and since having the baby and I suppose seeing what the woman’s body can do I’ve got a new found respect for it.
“I just think how it adapts so it can accommodate is absolutely incredible, and what you end up with and what it looks like your body is such a small part of it.”
Metcalfe recently won praise when she posted a picture of her post-pregnancy body on Instagram, along with a frank and honest message about her physical appearance.
4weeks afta my boy as vacated his apartment this is wat I'm left wi n it really isn't that bad!I know alot o women feel anxious about wat their postpartum body will look like,but4me,this was the least o my worries(I ada poo pregnancy!)I want worried about wat my body was goin2look like wen my boy ad finished usin it 2grow,Instead I was intrigued/excited 2c the new me..n I like it! The boobs av finally settled down.Afta breastfeeding they swelled beyond belief,going frm a modest 'B' 2a neva seen before 'F'(leftie must av been @least a 'G')they were lumpy,absolutely wrecked n my once lil brown nips ad trebled in size.I couldn't wait 2c,afta all this,wat they were guna look like.These r more than ok,I fed a human wi them,they r awesome!Where my flat tummy turned bump once was,I now ava squishy bit of comfort4both my boys!Lil man uses it 2bounce off 2relieve his wind☺️n Gregs gon frm babysittin him in my tummy to holdin the"squidge"whilst e sleeps (usually not for long)me all cozy under the arm.Arms n legs are wobblier n I'm defo rounder,but I think the extra lbs suit as I get older.With r long morning walks wen daddy goes 2work 4cappuccino n toast n all the rocking,he❤️'s rockingI'm sure they will firm up soon.I'm still hairyI swore once I cud c IT again I would sort it but these days I have biga fish 2fry,so pls dnt judge if u spot a spiders leg or 10!The bumthe bums BIIIIG..but the size as actually stretched out the cellulite abit so every cloud Everythin as healed downstairs n ova the nxt couple wks mayb ill ava nose.This does make me slightly anxious..on it with the pelvic floorsI av lots of friends who r pregnant/new mums. I know their new bodies can make em feel insecure n down.I think it's important we c unfiltered bodies durin n after r babies n celebrate them! I❤️'d seeing ow my body adapted to accommodate new life n its truly,beautifully,mind blowin.If u dnt like it,there's always diets/gym wen u av recovered!So 4now try to enjoy ur perfect changing shell❤️I wanted 2post sooner but my new home (Gregs former bachelor pad)didnt ava full length mirror.I sorted this,amongst uva thingswith a fab Argos1,gr8 buy @£29 don't ya think
The soap star described how her figure is different, detailing the changes in her breasts – which went from a B-cup to an F and a G-cup – her “big” bottom, her “wobbly” arms and legs, and her “squishy” tummy.
She used the social media post and the picture of her “unfiltered” body to urge other mothers and expectant mothers to be kinder to themselves about their postnatal bodies.