Model and designer Rosie Huntington-Whitley is the proud mother of 2-year-old son Jack, but recently admitted that she’d gained more weight than she expected during her pregnancy, and then faced difficulties losing it.

Speaking with expectant mom Ashley Graham on her “Pretty Big Deal” podcast, Huntington-Whitley, 32, admitted that she “enjoyed herself” during her pregnancy before welcoming her first child with fiancé Jason Statham.

“I let the reins go,” she said. “It’s a new experience, so you’re kind of like, well, let’s see how this goes. And six months in I was like, ‘WHAT! This is crazy!’”

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While she struggled with her ever-expanding body in the first few months, by the end stages of her pregnancy she told Graham she “basically walked around naked for the last month at home. So by the end I just felt really empowered in my body, but it took a minute to get there.”

After giving birth, she began working out in order to get back in shape. However, it wound up being far more difficult that she anticipated.

“I would look in the mirror and I was like, I have 35-40 pounds to lose,” she said. “And I go to the gym, go to the gym, go to the gym, it’s not falling off, it’s not coming off, and it was very humbling for me, because having had a certain body type for most of my life.”

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She added: “I will say working out in the gym and looking back at myself and feeling like s**t, I was like, now I understand how hard it is for some people to get to the gym.”

She also came to realize that not woman is going to have the same experience when it comes to dropping baby weight. “Everybody’s body is different, everyone is on their own journey, and I really want every mother to really focus on herself but also the time with her child and it’ll come, it’ll happen, and everybody gets back to a place where they feel good again, if not better,” she explained. “Because I feel better, and I feel a different respect for my body than I did before.”

You can watch the podcast in its entirety in the video above.

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Style Evolution: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley