Zara Tindall shares struggle to get her 'body back' after becoming a mom

Zara Tindall says getting her body 'back' was hard after becoming a mom

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Zara Tindall has shared her struggles with getting her body "back" after having three children with husband Mike.

Zara, who is a world champion horse rider, appeared on husband Mike's new YouTube series, Mike Drop, to chat about how having three children impacted her life within the competitive sport. 

Opening up about getting back into riding after becoming a mom for the first time in 2014, Zara told her husband, "It was hard getting your body back when you've been riding for 25 years, and then your body is just completely not doing that.

"But she was along for the ride as well, she was very much taken around to the shows, which is kind of easier when you have one," Zara added, speaking of how her first daughter, Mia, fitted into her riding lifestyle. 

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Going onto describe the mental challenges of balancing life as a mom, caring for her kids, and throwing herself into her beloved sport, Zara, who is the late Queen Elizabeth's eldest granddaughter, added, "I found it hard getting myself back to it. Mentally, you feel guilty as a mother leaving your child to go and do something else."

Recalling her return to her work and how rugby pro Mike was left at home on dad duty, Zara laughed, "I had to ring you everyday to make sure you were doing the right thing.

"But you do feel guilt, I feel guilty all of the time but that's just an aspect of my life now."

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Hinting that another Olympic appearance may be on the cards for her in the future, Zara, who won a silver medal in London 2012, told Mike, "I mean, I'd love to win an Olympic gold so that's probably driving me at the moment. I'd love to go to another Olympics."

Zara takes after both her late grandmother, the Queen, and her mother, Princess Anne, when it comes to horses. 

All three of the royals share a life-long love of horses and riding, with Princess Anne boasting an impressive equestrian career, too. 

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Doting mom Zara welcomed her youngest little one into the world in March 2021, naming Lucas Philip Tindall after her late grandfather, Prince Philip. 

Baby Lucas arrived dramatically on the bathroom floor of Zara and Mike's home, with proud dad Mike sharing details of their son's birth during his The Good, The Bad And The Rugby podcast. 

"As we got our stuff to go to hospital, she got out of the bath, she could barely stand, she was shaking," he said, adding, "The midwife was like 'she’s not making the hospital'."

Recalling how he grabbed two mats from the gym for Zara to lay on, Mike joked that Zara almost "choked him to death" during her painful labour. 

Caitlin Elliott
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Caitlin is News Editor for woman&home, covering all things royal, celeb, fashion, beauty and lifestyle. Caitlin started on local papers and titles such as Cosmopolitan, Now, Reveal and Take a Break while studying for her Multimedia Journalism degree. She also worked in Fashion PR as a Press Assistant for Arcadia's Topshop before becoming a part of the Now team. Caitlin went on to add the likes of Woman, GoodtoKnow, WhatToWatch and woman&home to her writing repertoire before moving on to her current role.