BBC Breakfast’s Tina Dahaley slams dangerous postpartum snap-back culture

BBC Breakfast star Tina Dahaley has opened up about what she calls the “damaging” pressure of “snapping back” after childbirth.

The 41-year-old broadcaster welcomed her first child, a daughter, with fiancé Kane William-Smith last April and returned to work on the BBC Breakfast Sofa and Radio 2 earlier this year.

But in an article for British Vogue, Tina explains how she’s been bombarded with speculation from viewers that she’s expecting it again, citing “the immense pressure on women, especially in my line of work, about their looks.”

Working mum: BBC Breakfast star Tina Dahaley has spoken out about what she calls the'damaging' pressure of'snapping back' after childbirth (pictured June 2022)

Working mum: BBC Breakfast star Tina Dahaley has spoken out about what she calls the'damaging' pressure of'snapping back' after childbirth (pictured June 2022)

Working mum: BBC Breakfast star Tina Dahaley has spoken out about what she calls the ‘damaging’ pressure of ‘snapping back’ after childbirth (pictured June 2022)

Tina explained how one morning at work at BBC Breakfast, she started receiving Google alerts on her phone from people speculating that she was pregnant.

Last week, she was congratulated on her “baby news” at a wedding.

Tina insists that “we women need to slow down a bit. I worked tirelessly for over a decade and then had a baby.”

“Now that I’m back, it’s important to normalize the fact that women’s bodies change after giving birth. I am currently a size 12 and people are speculating that I am pregnant.

Daughter: The 41-year-old broadcaster welcomed her first child, a daughter, with fiancé Kane William-Smith last April and returned to work on the BBC breakfast sofa earlier this year

Daughter: The 41-year-old broadcaster welcomed her first child, a daughter, with fiancé Kane William-Smith last April and returned to work on the BBC breakfast sofa earlier this year

Daughter: The 41-year-old broadcaster welcomed her first child, a daughter, with fiancé Kane William-Smith last April and returned to work on the BBC breakfast sofa earlier this year

Tina says she doesn’t want to spend her free time outside of work at the gym, pointing out:

“My priority is and will always be my daughter, she is my everything. I didn’t want to spend hours in a gym after having a baby.”

“And I shouldn’t feel like I have to spend hours of my life getting back to who I was — hours that would take me away from my daughter, when there are already hours that are taking me away from her, because I’m a working mom.”

Tina wrote about the pressure she was feeling to regain her pre-pregnancy shape in a recent Instagram post.

Toxic: Tina insists I worked tirelessly for over a decade and then had a baby. Now that I'm back, it's important to normalize the fact that women's bodies change.

Toxic: Tina insists I worked tirelessly for over a decade and then had a baby. Now that I'm back, it's important to normalize the fact that women's bodies change.

Toxic: Tina insists, “I worked tirelessly for over a decade and then had a baby. Now that I’m back, it’s important to normalize the fact that women’s bodies change.

“I’d love to have the body I had before and have recently resumed my relationship with fitness so we’ll see how it goes – but if that’s the price of sharing a little piece of my heart around the world every day trudge, I “Would do it a thousand times over,” she declared.

“Even though I work in an industry where it could count against me.”

Sharing a snap of herself looking incredible in the black dress, Tina explained that she “loved” the snap “aside from my body,” explaining that her “instinct was to crop it.”

Tina proudly explained: “But I’ve changed my mind so here it is. This is ALL OF ME, post c-section, 18 months later. (See you @bbcbreakfast sofa from 6 tomorrow).’

Open: Tina wrote about the pressure she's been feeling to regain her pre-pregnancy figure in a recent Instagram post

Open: Tina wrote about the pressure she's been feeling to regain her pre-pregnancy figure in a recent Instagram post

Open: Tina wrote about the pressure she’s been feeling to regain her pre-pregnancy figure in a recent Instagram post

Her fans quickly rushed to support her, with one commenting: “Gosh what an amazing and beautiful body!! I love this picture and your words so much!’

Someone else agreed: “Your body is a machine and the biggest you will ever own, love your gratitude.”

“You were beautiful before you were beautiful when you were pregnant and you are beautiful now!” repeated a third fan.

A fourth said: “Incredibly smart talented funny stunning woman all the rest is noise nonsense yet so exhausting. More power to you, Goddess.’

Tina announced she was expecting her first child in December 2020 when she shared a photo of her baby bump and revealed she was five months pregnant.

Mom: Tina says she doesn't want to spend her free time outside of work at the gym, pointing out:

Mom: Tina says she doesn't want to spend her free time outside of work at the gym, pointing out:

Mom: Tina says she doesn’t want to spend her free time outside of work at the gym, pointing out: “My priority is and always will be my daughter” (pictured during pregnancy)

Captioning the post, she wrote: “Some exciting news to share! We are very happy to welcome a new addition to our family in spring 2021. Thank you to the @bbcradio2 family for all your lovely messages this morning.

While the presenter usually keeps her private life off social media, her fiancé, Kane, occasionally makes sporadic posts – including Tina, who confirmed the couple’s engagement via Instagram in January 2018.

Tina confirmed her engagement to longtime partner Kane in January 2018 and shared a photo of her sparkling ring on Instagram

She captioned the photo, “1/7/18 making plans for the rest of our lives.”

After reading the news on Radio 1’s breakfast show for several years, Tina covered events such as the pre-election debate and hosted her first Panorama program – the Manchester bombing.

Since then, she’s been a fixture on the BBC breakfast sofa alongside Charlie Stayt and Naga Munchetty, Louise Minchin and Jon Kay, and works for Radio 2.

Inseparable: Tina confirmed her engagement to Kane in January 2018 by sharing a photo of their sparkling ring (pictured)

Inseparable: Tina confirmed her engagement to Kane in January 2018 by sharing a photo of their sparkling ring (pictured)

Inseparable: Tina confirmed her engagement to Kane in January 2018 by sharing a photo of their sparkling ring (pictured)

Source: | Dailymail.co.uk

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