‘I felt like I was going to drop him’: Peta Murgatroyd reveals she was so terrified to handle her newborn that her nanny bathed him ‘for weeks’
She welcomed son Shai Aleksander with Maksim Chmerkovskiy four months ago.
And first-time parent Peta Murgatroyd, 30, revealed that she found handling their newborn baby to be pretty scary at first.
The new mum told Fit Pregnancy and Baby on Wednesday that she was too nervous to bathe him for the first few weeks as she was scared she would drop him.
Nervous: Peta Murgatroyd, 30, revealed that she found handling their newborn baby to be pretty scary at first
‘At first, I had no idea what I was doing. I’d never even held a newborn before. I was nervous, and I didn’t want to make any mistakes,’ the Dancing With The Stars pro told them.
‘I tried to give Shai a bath and he was so slippery, I felt like I was going to drop him, so I had my nanny do it for weeks,’ she revealed.
The dancer explained that she appreciated the extra help with the baby.
‘She’s a godsend. She said, “You’ll do it when you’re ready.” And eventually I did. Now his bathtime is one of my favorite times of the day.’
Hungry baby! She welcomed son Shai Aleksander, with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, 4 months ago
The star told the publication that she didn’t have trouble with Shai latching on to breastfeed but explained that there was one side effect of the process she wasn’t expecting.
‘What they don’t tell you is when breast milk comes in, your boobs go rock-hard. That was super painful! I had in the shower with me, massaging my boobs. My nipples were bleeding too.’
‘But now, breastfeeding is totally fine. I even look forward to pumping,’ Murgatroyd shared, explaining: ‘I write notes on my phone, watch videos, plan my choreography. The only funny part is my left boob no longer produces anything. All the milk comes from my right boob. Everybody at work knows I’ve got one big boob. It’s hysterical.’
Multi-tasker: The star told the publication that she didn’t have trouble with Shai latching on to breastfeed – she was previously pictured pumping whilst getting her hair and make-up done
The DWTS beauty explained that she was competing on the show during her first trimester.
‘I had to dance through nausea, which wasn’t great. The worst thing, though, was fatigue. I’d literally fall asleep on the couch in the studio while I was supposed to be teaching Nyle [DiMarco, a model and deaf activist]. Eventually Nyle said, “I know your secret.” He’d figured it out, because my boobs had grown and Maks was bringing me food every day. But Nyle and I won the season with me eight weeks’ pregnant!’ she told the publication.
Peta and Maks are set to tie the knot in July at a Long Island, New York,with Murgatroyd’s mother carrying Shai down the aisle.
She revealed the pregnancy had been a surprise and their baby boy would be joining the couple on their honeymoon.
‘Maks and I were so careful, but one night we weren’t,’ she told them.
Happy surprise! She revealed the pregnancy had been unplanned and their baby boy would be joining the couple on their honeymoon
The dancing pro is known for her amazing figure, but she confessed to the publication that getting back into her DWTS shape definitely took some time.
‘I still looked five months pregnant right after I gave birth,’ she told them, adding: ‘A friend who came to the hospital said, “Oh, you sure there’s not another one in there?” I laughed, then went into the bathroom and cried. I’d just had this beautiful kid. I was high on life. That was a joke that I didn’t need to hear.
‘Back home, I didn’t recognize my body. I had massive DDD boobs. It was overwhelming.
‘So I posted a selfie on Instagram as a way to reach out to other women. I’m a dancer who is usually pretty damn fit, and I looked like a different person. Now I know you have to give yourself time.’