Zara Tindall recalls the struggle to recover her body after birth

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Zara Tindall has opened up about the struggle to get her body back after giving birth. (Getty Images)

Zara Tindall has opened up about the “hard work” it took to get her body back “where it was” after giving birth.

Princess Anne’s daughter, 40, who is a professional horse rider, shares three young children with husband Mike Tindall.

Appearing in the 44-year-old former rugby player’s new YouTube series ‘Mike Drop’, the royal gave an honest insight into aspects of motherhood, including the physical toll her body has taken.

She said: “It was hard to get your body back when you’ve been riding for 25 years, and then your body just doesn’t do it anymore.

Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall attend the Christmas Day Service at St Mary Magdalene Church on December 25, 2022 in Sandringham, Norfolk

Princess Anne’s daughter shares three children with husband Mike Tindall. (Getty Images)

“Your muscles just don’t do anything and stretch and create an amazing thing, but it’s completely different.

“Trying to get your body back to where it was, I found, was hard work.”

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Zara gave birth to nine-year-old daughter Mia in 2014, four-year-old daughter Lena in 2018 and one-year-old son Lucas in 2021.

King Charles’ niece also revealed in the interview with her husband that she felt “mummy guilt” to continue her career.

Zara Tindall and her son Lucas Tindall attend day three of the 2022 Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park on August 7, 2022 in Stroud, England

The royal (pictured with her son Lucas) also spoke of the ‘guilt’ of continuing to focus on her career. (Getty Images)

The royal mother-of-three explained: “I had a hard time getting over it. Mentally, you feel guilty as a mother for letting your child go and do something else.”

She noted, “You feel guilty. I felt guilty all the time. Even just going to ride. I just thought that was one aspect of my life now.”

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Zara opened up about how she’s managed to strike a balance by bringing their kids to some of her equestrian events.

She said: “Mia was also on board with us. She was very into the shows – it was easier when we had one.”

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