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Tearful Tiffiny Hall breaks down over common mum struggle

"It's really hard to accept that it's going to take time."
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She may be an Aussie fitness queen, but new mum Tiffiny Hall has confessed through tears that even she deals with postpartum body image battles.

WATCH: Tiffiny Hall gets emotional talking about her postpartum body

The mother-of-two, who welcomed daughter Vada with husband Ed Kavalee on May 30, broke down on Instagram today as she revealed the toll her emotions have taken on her.

“Even I am standing in the mirror looking at my new body, Vada’s house, my big bump. And it’s really hard to accept that it’s going to take time,” she said through tears.

“I’m super emotional too. Healing takes time and it depends what birth you had… for me I’ve got a few stitches and stuff’s going on so it’s all painful. But [Vada] is absolutely beautiful and worth it.” 

Tiff said her and Ed’s four-year-old son Arnold keeps questioning “why her tummy is so big.”

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The fit mum confessed she’s been struggling with the changes to her body. (Credit: Instagram)

“Bless him. He has no filter. He keeps saying: ‘Is there another baby in there mum?’ No. I’m trying to explain to him that it takes a long time for bodies to go back to normal and that it’s hard.”

The 37-year-old sent a sweet message of encouragement to other mothers who are struggling after giving birth.

“I just really wanted to say how important it is to bounce forward. And it’s not easy to bounce forward and take the pressure off,” she said.

“It’s hard to accept it but you have to take one day at a time and you have to be kind to yourself. You can’t let those negative thoughts enter the brain because everything the mind says the body hears.”

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Tiff has been open about her pregnancy and postpartum experiences. (Credit: Instagram)

I’m sending love to everybody, especially those who have just had a baby, who are up late feeding, doing the brutal hours that newborn babies require.”

Tiff’s refreshing honesty and vulnerability comes three months after she urged mums-to-be around Australia to let go of the idea that they need to “bounce back”.

The former Biggest Loser trainer said that during her recent second pregnancy, she felt the pressure so many expectant mothers face to look a certain way.

Tiff described the look as “skinny legs and a perfect bump”, but says that women – herself included – shouldn’t have to deal with the unrealistic beauty standards around pregnancy.

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Tiff poses with Arnold during her pregnancy. (Credit: Instagram)

“You don’t have to have that toxic positivity [mindset] all the time where you’re just loving every minute of pregnancy.

“Even after the baby’s born, just take that pressure off and instead of bouncing back, bounce forward. Prioritise your own self-care and looking after that little baby instead of worrying about bouncing back.”

Not only did she feel the usual expectations to look a certain way during that period, but Tiffiny had the added pressure of being a high-profile figure in the fitness industry.

“I had magazines calling me to do a ‘bounce back’ or ‘comeback’ feature when I was 38 weeks pregnant, and I was thinking ‘oh my goodness, I’m meant to be thinking about my comeback’?” she revealed.

This article originally appeared on our sister site, New Idea.

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