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It's been a mammoth year, but I feel great now, says mum Alison

MODEL Alison Canavan is getting ready to throw a first birthday party for her baby James after a "mammoth" year.

The stunning brunette, who has spoken openly about her post-natal depression, says she now has a new appreciation for life.

While she has little time for herself, the 33-year-old admitted that pregnancy had helped settle her down.

"The toughest part of the last year was the post-natal depression, but I've come out of that completely and I feel great," she said.

"It's been a mammoth journey both personally and professionally, but I can safely say now that I feel content.

"In my 20s I was always searching for something... For what? I don't know.

"Now I'm just looking forward to waking up and seeing my baby every day, it's a good place to be and I'm very grateful."

The catwalk queen added: "I don't really have much time to think about anything else, motherhood changes you completely and takes up most of your time.

"Luckily, I was able to get back to work quite quickly and I've been able to fit it around [my son] James."

Alison is writing, giving advice on mothering, but she's also done a few photo shoots recently and will appear on Grainne Seoige's new RTE programme Modern Life, so her career has far from slowed down.

She admitted that a lot of women felt immense pressure at getting back to work as soon as possible after their pregnancies, none more so than models.

However, she managed to ease herself back into the demanding profession.

"Losing weight should not be your priority when you've just had a baby -- eating healthily, yes, because it's good for both you and the baby -- but your health and that of your child is paramount," she insisted.

"And you have to accept that certain things are going to change.

"I've been in the modelling industry 17 years, obviously what I am doing now is different to what I was doing prior to my pregnancy.

"I was living in New York then so it couldn't be the same but from mid September, I'll be in Germany and in London more.

"I always felt that I would wait for my son to turn one before I'd get back into modelling properly but it's changed the type of work I'm doing, it's more commercial.

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