Gemma Atkinson wows on Women's Health cover as she says her figure has changed ...

Gemma Atkinson has wowed on the April cover of Women's Health magazine as she candidly discussed how her figure has changed since becoming a mother. 

The former Emmerdale star, 35, welcomed her first child, a daughter called Mia in July with her Strictly Come Dancing beau Gorka Marquez.

And Gemma has candidly confessed that her 'body doesn't look like it did before' in the April issue of Women's Health.

Wow: Gemma Atkinson has wowed on the April cover of Women's Health magazine as she candidly discussed how her figure has changed since becoming a mother

Wow: Gemma Atkinson has wowed on the April cover of Women's Health magazine as she candidly discussed how her figure has changed since becoming a mother

The former Strictly contestant told the publication: 'My body doesn't look like it did before. It's changed after having a baby, but that made me more determined to do [the shoot] – my body is not better or worse, just different. 

'Maybe it's important to show that to other women?... I was always straight up and down, like a surfboard, but now I've got a bit of a waist. 

'When I put on high-waisted jeans, you can see I've got hips. I reckon I'm about 3% J Lo now, so I'm happy with that.'

Gemma also spoke about how her exercise regime has changed since having an emergency C-section for Mia's birth, she was induced due to her daughter being a tiny 4lbs 10.  

Yummy mummy: The former Emmerdale star, 35, welcomed her first child, a daughter called Mia in July with her Strictly Come Dancing beau Gorka Marquez

Yummy mummy: The former Emmerdale star, 35, welcomed her first child, a daughter called Mia in July with her Strictly Come Dancing beau Gorka Marquez

She continued: 'The C-section completely floored me; I couldn't brush my hair I was in so much pain. 

'A caesarean goes through seven layers of fat, tissue and muscle, so it takes a long time to get better and, for me, it wasn't sensible to start exercising until around 15 weeks after Mia was born. 

'Before, I would strength-train with Evil Steve [Chambers, her PT at Ultimate Performance in Manchester] twice a week, but I've only actually made it to see him three times in the past six months...'

Gemma added: 'Now I'm a mum, I can't really plan anything – I just go hour by hour.'

Candid: And Gemma has candidly confessed that her 'body doesn't look like it did before' in the April issue of Women's Health

Candid: And Gemma has candidly confessed that her 'body doesn't look like it did before' in the April issue of Women's Health

The star went on to sweetly add that due to her busy schedule, her partner Gorka has built her a gym in their house as he knows how much fitness 'means to her'. 

She revealed: 'Gorka knew how much my fitness meant to me, so he built a gym in our house. A big part of the battle for many people is getting to the gym in the first place, so knowing it’s only two seconds

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