Kate Ferdinand sits on an exercise ball as ‘unbearable’ back pain forces her out of bed

Dovie Salais

She’s just a couple of months away from welcoming her first child. But Kate Ferdinand has admitted she’s been struggling with the physical ailments of pregnancy in her third trimester. Posting on her Instagram page early on Tuesday, Kate, 29, shared a photo of herself sitting on an exercise ball […]

She’s just a couple of months away from welcoming her first child.

But Kate Ferdinand has admitted she’s been struggling with the physical ailments of pregnancy in her third trimester.

Posting on her Instagram page early on Tuesday, Kate, 29, shared a photo of herself sitting on an exercise ball as she complained about back pain.  

Ouch: She's just a couple of months away from welcoming her first child. But Kate Ferdinand has admitted she's been struggling with the physical ailments of pregnancy

Ouch: She’s just a couple of months away from welcoming her first child. But Kate Ferdinand has admitted she’s been struggling with the physical ailments of pregnancy

‘Help! This back pain is becoming unbearable’ she captioned the photo with the timestamp revealing she took the snap at 6:50am.

The former TOWIE star who is expecting a baby boy with husband Rio, cradled her bump as she tried to find comfort on her fitness ball while still in her pjs and slippers.

Last week Kate admitted she is feeling increasingly more tired as she awaits her baby. 

Kate has been open about how she has struggled with being a step-mum to Rio’s three children Lorenz, 14, Tate, 11, and Tia, nine, as well as being being pregnant while facing mental health battles.  

Aches and pains: The former TOWIE star who is expecting a baby boy with husband Rio, has been complaining of back pain during her third trimester

Aches and pains: The former TOWIE star who is expecting a baby boy with husband Rio, has been complaining of back pain during her third trimester 

Last week, she candidly discussed battling anxiety and ‘really struggling’ during her first trimester on the Women’s Health Going for Goal podcast.

She said: ‘Lockdown has been an experience. Obviously I was pregnant and the children didn’t know, and something 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 stepmother or mother figure to three kids. I struggle with my mental health. Being active helps day-to-day with my anxiety, so when I can’t do things, I struggle with it.’ 

Tough times: Last week Kate admitted she is feeling increasingly more tired as she awaits her baby boy

Tough times: Last week Kate admitted she is feeling increasingly more tired as she awaits her baby boy

Admitting slowing down is a problem for her, she said: ‘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. [Anxiety is] something I’ve suffered with from when I can remember. It can start over the simplest thing, and it’s just my mind playing tricks on me and can get out of control…

‘But I do find that when I exercise or go for a walk, I seem to feel better for the day.’ 

The star then admitted her mental health has taken a toll during her pregnancy as she’s struggled to adjust to her changing body, especially during her first trimester.

Open and honest:  Kate has been open about how she has struggled with being a step-mum to Rio's three children Lorenz, 14, Tate, 11, and Tia, nine, as well as being being pregnant

Open and honest:  Kate has been open about how she has struggled with being a step-mum to Rio’s three children Lorenz, 14, Tate, 11, and Tia, nine, as well as being being pregnant

She said: ‘I am quite emotional. I feel a little bit insecure.

‘I feel like not like me, and I struggled with that for a little while… feeling insecure with just how I look and my changing body, and I know it sounds very superficial… but struggling how to dress for this… Everything that you know has changed.’

Kate then added: ‘The first three months I really, really struggled. I’m normally really active and I run around like a lunatic, just doing everything constantly. 

‘And I just couldn’t… I couldn’t get my head around being tired and not having the energy to go to the gym… But as I’m in the second trimester, I feel a bit more normal… I feel a bit more like myself.’

Candid: The star discussed battling anxiety and 'really struggling' during her first trimester on the Women's Health Going for Goal podcast

Candid: The star discussed battling anxiety and ‘really struggling’ during her first trimester on the Women’s Health Going for Goal podcast

Asked how she’s been managing and improving her mental health during her pregnancy, Kate explained she’s tried to take regular breaks from social media.

She explained: ‘I’m still not great at it, but I do try to remember that social media and other people’s opinions is not me. I do try to have a break. 

‘I try to stay off it, and for quite a bit of my pregnancy I wasn’t on social media. I just found I couldn’t keep up with the kids, the holiday and everything. When I’m not on it I do feel happier.

‘If you’re not in the right mindset it can just be a negative place… People write some crazy stuff on there, and you can get caught up in it all.’ 

Famiy: Kate is set to welcome her first child with husband Rio in the coming months, and is already stepmum to his three children

Famiy: Kate is set to welcome her first child with husband Rio in the coming months, and is already stepmum to his three children

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