Kate Ferdinand Shares the Guilt of Mental Health Struggles

by Laura Driver

Kate Ferdinand, who is expecting her first child with Rio Ferdinand, has admitted to struggling in her first trimester and her battles with mental health.

During her pregnancy, Kate gave fans a glimpse into her life, sharing photos of her bump as well as revealing the gender of her unborn son, earlier this month. Now, during a candid podcast, the former reality star has spoken honestly about her struggles adjusting to expecting her first child, despite being a step-mum.


Speaking to Women's Health Going for Goal podcast, Kate said: "The first three months I really, really struggled. I struggle with my mental health…being active helps me day-to-day with my anxiety. So when I can’t do things, I really struggle with it…I want to do everything. Rio says to me ‘Kate, just sit down. You just need to sit down and relax’. But I don’t know why, I just feel guilty when I do."

She went on to say that despite living an active lifestyle and often being in the gym, she couldn't adjust to being tired all the time and not having the energy to work out.


Now being in her second trimester, she feels "more normal". Kate said that the lockdown period had been an "experience" as her three step-children didn't know she was expecting. "Something that I've struggled with is being pregnant with my first biological child, and still being a mum. So I felt I had all these new experiences… but I was still a step-mother or mother figure to three kids," Kate said.

Kate took on Rio's children, Lorenz, 14, Tate, 12 and Tia, nine, from his first marriage to late wife, Rebecca Ellison who passed away from breast cancer

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Laura Driver

Blogger & Social Media Manager
Laura lives in Yorkshire, UK with her two teenage children. When they were little (and definitely not taller than her) she used to blog avidly about the trials and tribulations of motherhood. Laura is no stranger to all the joys small children can bring; sleepless nights, a random public meltdown or a spectacular poonami. She fondly remembers the time her youngest child rolled across a supermarket carpark in a trolley while she was putting her eldest child in the car and the time her, then, three year old took up swearing at a church event. Laura has worked for Your Baby Club, as a Social Media Manager, since 2014.

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