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Tuesday 16 January 2018

Mairead to share her post-baby body secrets

PRESENTER Mairead Farrell is to reveal her post-baby body secrets in a show set to air in the autumn.

The Today FM broadcaster is opening up on how she feels about her "jelly belly" for a new TV documentary on RTE Two.

"I run for my legs and do weights for my arms, but in the end I'll never be back to how I was before.

"I still feel in my head that I'm not back to what I want to be, but I can't blame pregnancy -- I love Galaxy bars too," the presenter laughed.

Finglas girl Mairead became a mum four years ago to her son Dara, who she says is one of her best friends.

"He's my best pal, I love hanging out with him after work."



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The TV documentary sees the broadcaster return to the small screen to investigate what women really think of their bodies after giving birth.

"You see celebs that look amazing -- like Claudine Keane and Abbey Clancy -- they're not real people.

"Of course, there are those who are genuinely blessed, but that's only a half percent of the world.

"The rest of us normal mums get marshmallow jelly bellies."

The show -- called Honestly Speaking ... Baby Bodies -- is part of the broadcaster's new line-up, announced last week.

"I find out why women hate their own bodies after they have babies," Mairead told the Herald.

"It's okay to say it, people have been too afraid before to open up about it," said the presenter.

"I can't stand my stomach -- I'm always covering up my stretch marks," she said.

Mairead caught up with mums who went through drastically different experiences on their journeys to motherhood.

"We talked to a variety of women, from those whose bodies basically collapsed on them, to those who were sick and in pain throughout their entire pregnancy.

"We also came across another woman who has had five home births and loves how her body is a vessel that houses and nurses her children.

"I hope people get a giggle out of it as well as learn something from it -- I think guys will enjoy it too," Mairead added.

The personality -- who hosts a regular contributor slot on Ray D'Arcy's morning show -- was a huge success when she competed as a contestant on RTE's Celebrity Bainisteoir last year.

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