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Helen Bonham Carter on wearing nappies post-pregnancy

Harry Potter and King's Speech star reveals childbirth left her with a weakened pelvic floor

Posted: 23 April 2012
by Sophie Westnedge
Helena Bonham Carter
Helena has revealed what happened to her body post-pregnancy

Helena Bonham Carter has revealed, in an interview with The Sunday Times Style magazine, she wore "nappies " while filming Harry Potter because childbirth had left her with a weak bladder

Helena and her long-term partner, Tim Burton, are parents to Billy, 8, and Nell, 4. The 45-year-old actress returned to work just 12 weeks after giving birth to her daughter Nell. She explained that the physical nature of her role in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows meant that she had to wear "nappies" because childbirth had weakened her pelvic floor muscles

"I really couldn't jump up and down and scream without losing all my bodily liquid. They had these air dryers, these huge things- that's where I would dry myself off," Helena told The Sunday Times Style magazine

"[I eventually wore] nappies. None of the men noticed. They don't actually know, you see. But all the girls were like, 'How can you?' But actually, I don't think I was too embarassed," she said. 

"I loved having a baby. I would have a baby every day if (I could). The birth day is fantastic. It is magic," Helena said.

What do you think of Helena's refreshing honesty on what can be an embarrassing subject?


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