Lauren Conrad Admits She Lost Herself After Having Kids

Lauren Conrad is not sugarcoating motherhood.

While appearing on the debut episode of the new podcast Perelel Lives, the mother of two spoke on the issues she faced post-pregnancy, admitting to host and Perelel co-founder Alex Taylor how she “lost herself” after the birth of her 4-year-old son, Liam.

Lauren Conrad Admits She Lost Herself After Having Kids

“I was like, ‘I don’t know when I’m gonna get back,'” recalled Lauren, who shares Liam and her youngest son, Charlie, 2, with husband William Tell. “Like, ‘Am I just a new human now?’ “

The 35-year-old admitted that while some of her friends had given her some advice prior to giving birth, she was not expecting to be floored by what was coming her way.

“I think I was just really focused on the exciting parts and knew I could get through the rest,” she said. “It’s like a funny game that women play with each other because you know it’s worth it and you can’t just tell that to someone. I had friends who told me just enough; they told me the things I needed to know. … They helped me prepare with checklists and then were there for me afterwards, in a supportive way.”

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“The emotional journey afterwards…was just really challenging,” Conrad added. She continued on, revealing how it took “about a year” for her to feel herself again. A close female friend urged her that she’d become someone “even better.”

“‘You made a human, you’re taking care of them, and it’s a new-[and]-improved,'” Conrad remembered hearing. “And she was right. It took about a year for me to feel like myself again.”

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And when the time came for Conrad to go through the pregnancy process once again, she told Taylor the only way she made it through the process was reminding herself it was the last time she would have to do it.

“We knew we were gonna be two and done, so that made it a little easier,” Conrad said on Perelel Lives. “I wasn’t someone who loved being pregnant. I wasn’t one of those people who like, loved the glow. … [So] even in the hard moments, [I took comfort in] knowing this is the last time I’m gonna do this. I’m not gonna do this again.”

“I think this is why we keep having kids,” she joked. “I feel like I’ve blacked a lot of it out.” Is this how you have felt since joining club Parenthood?

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