She welcomed her second child just 12 weeks ago, but is seems that Zara Tindall has no plans to take an extended maternity leave.
The 37-year-old royal, looked glowing today as she competed in the dressage on Class Affair, showing no hint that she’s been battling sleepless nights.
Zara’s riding career, put on hold during her pregnancy seems to be back in the full swing, after she made her return when Lena was eight weeks old.
The Queen’s granddaughter, who is also mother to four-year-old Mia, gave birth to baby daughter Lena on June 18th, has already competed in three equestrian events.
Zara Tindall looked glowing as she competed in the Dressage on Class Affair at the Blenheim Horse Trials, Oxfordshire
Zara Tindall riding Class Affair in the dressage at the SsangYong Blenheim Horse Trials at Blenheim Palace. This is her fourth high profile event since giving birth to her second daughter Lena in June
She made her return to riding at the Wellington Horse Trials in Hook, Hampshire before competing in a three-day Somerford Park event.
Speaking in a recent video interview as a Land Rover ambassador, the mother-of-two shared how childbirth had affected her: ‘The first time around my body was in so much shock.
‘It was like, ‘”what the hell have you done to me?”‘ before adding: ‘But I’ve recently done a couple of competitions and it feels good actually.’
Zara, married to former rugby star Mike Tindall, 39, also hasn’t ruled out a second Olympics.
The mother-of-two seems delighted to be back in the saddle after her equestrian career was put on hold during her pregnancy
Zara paused momentarily to check her phone while an assistant made sure her horse remained steady as she prepared to take parts in the dressage at the Blenheim Horse Trials at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire
The royal won a silver medal with the GB equestrian team at London 2012 and said the desire to compete at the highest level is still strong.
In a light-hearted video for the car brand, she told interviewer David Flatman, who she referred to as ‘Flats’: ‘To be in London, the crowd, the whole Olympic experience, I can’t tell you, it gives me goose bumps talking about it. It is incredible.’
In July, Zara revealed for the first time that she had suffered the second miscarriage ‘really early on’, and had never announced it to the public.
She explained: ‘You need to go through a period where you don’t talk about it because it’s too raw,’ she told The Sunday Times of her decision to keep the news private.
Zara pushing her baby daughter Lena in her pram at Whately Manor International Horse Trials at Gatcombe Park earlier this month
It’s not clear when Zara’s miscarriage occurred, but it would have happened between December 2016 and October 2017 when she fell pregnant with Lena.
The royal, 37, added that the hardest part of her first miscarriage, in December 2016, was having to tell the world, but found comfort in people writing to her saying they had been through the same experience.
Zara said: ‘In our case, it was something that was really rare; it was nature saying, ”This one’s not right.”
‘I had to go through having the baby because it was so far along.’
Zara was thought to be around four-months pregnant at the time of her first miscarriage.
Zara’s daughter Mia Tindall, four, pictured at the Whately Manor International Horse Trials at Gatcombe Park, Gloucestershire is a regular fixture at her mother’s sporting events
The equestrian champion, who was named Sports Personality of the Year in 2006, said her older brother Peter Phillips was very ‘protective’ of her and ‘concerned’, as was her husband Mike when she had to go through it again.
‘Everyone was. It was a time when my family came to the fore and I needed them,’ she said.
She added: ‘It’s hard for the guys, it’s a different feeling of loss, isn’t it?’
With Mia set to start school in September and with Lena to look after, Zara said she is ‘going back and doing it all again’, adding: ‘It is fine at the moment.’
Zara and her husband Mike at Prince Harry’s wedding at Windsor Castle a month before she gave birth to their second daughter, Lena
At the time of her first miscarriage it was thought Zara would have been about four-months pregnant, and the baby was expected to arrive in late spring.
Breaking his silence last year about their devastating loss, Mike, the former Gloucester Rugby and England captain said: ‘One thing you do learn is how many other people have to go through the same thing.’
The former rugby player continued: ‘The saving grace for us has been Mia. However down we feel, she will come running up in our faces.
Describing the response from the public when their first miscarriage was made public, she said: ‘Amazingly, lots of people wrote to us and said they’d been through the same thing… it really happens a lot.’