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Zara's fitness struggle after birth

Zara Phillips has spoken of her struggle to get fit again after months out of the saddle while she was having her first child.

The Olympic medal winner and Queen's granddaughter gave birth to daughter Mia in January, and said she got on a horse for the first time afterwards five weeks later.

She told the Telegraph Weekend: "I've never not ridden for that long and never not been that fit for that long either, so it was hard trying to get each muscle group to... remember what they used to do.

"It is quite frustrating. You've got to accept it really."

The eventing champion described motherhood as an "amazing" experience but admitted she had not been particularly maternal previously.

"I wouldn't have had to pick up a baby before I had a baby, but I think it does change when you've got your own," she said.

"It is amazing, and she's been very good, so I think I'm quite lucky."

The 33-year-old, who is married to rugby player Mike Tindall, said she does not have a nanny, describing herself as a "full-time mother" as well as a professional sportswoman.

But she joked of her firstborn: "I'm going to keep her away from horses and rugby!"

Phillips has enjoyed a triumphant return to competing after finishing in 11th place individually at the World Equestrian Games in France last month, while the Great Britain team took silver.

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