Motherhood changes everyone who experiences it. While it may seem that some women are just getting on with life as normal, beneath the surface there can be much more going than meets the eye.
Supermodel Gisele Bundchen is one of those. She famously posted a photograph of herself on Instagram getting glammed up for a photoshoot by a team of people while breastfeeding her daughter Vivian. Talk about making it look effortless!
But in a recent interview with People, the Brazilian mum-of-two reveals her true emotions around adjusting to motherhood, and how she found it tougher than it looked.
“Things can be looking perfect on the outside, but you have no idea what’s really going on,” said Gisele. “Everything I’ve lived through, I would never change, because I think I am who I am because of those experiences.”
The 38 year old is candid about how much motherhood affected her – for her, the loss of independence was a major issue, something many new mothers will agree with.
“When I became a mom, I kind of lost myself. It was like a part of me died,” she said. “I’d been this very independent person. It was all about me. But now I had this little being, and I suddenly felt l couldn’t do other things and that was very hard for me. All I ever wanted was to be a mom, but when you’re actually experiencing that, it’s a shock.”
Gisele also speaks about the guilt she felt for going to work, either with or without her children.“I had all this horrible, self-imposed guilt. I thought what a terrible mother I was for leaving my child even for like a day.”
These are fears and worries all new mothers can relate to, whether you are a supermarket cashier or a supermodel. Share with us the biggest part of your adjustment to motherhood.