HGTV’s Christina Anstead Takes a Time Out After Overdoing It

Christina Anstead of HGTV’s Flip or Flop and Christina on the Coast recently announced the birth of her son, Hudson London, with husband Ant Anstead on September 6 in an Instagram post. Now the mom of three (and two stepchildren) needs to head back to bed for a much needed time out after doing too much too soon after delivery.

Christina Anstead in Pasadena, CA
HGTV’s Christina Anstead | Amanda Edwards/Getty Images for Discovery

Mom of many

Anstead and her husband now oversee a blended family of five kids. The Flip or Flop star shares custody of daughter Taylor, 9, and son Brayden, 4, with ex-husband Tarek El Moussa, her partner on the reality renovation show. Ant also has two children from a previous marriage: Amelie, 16, and Archie, 13. Baby Hudson makes five!

Before Hudson’s arrival, Anstead was looking forward to expanding her family and all that goes along with a full household. “I love all the fun chaos and a full house. I always thought I would only have two and now I’ll have five!” she told People in May.

Birthday bash

Earlier this week, Anstead and her ex both posted pics of their daughter Taylor’s big birthday celebration. ”Today is the big day!!!!!!!! It’s my Baby Girls Birthday!!!!” El Moussa wrote in a sweet tribute to his daughter. “Boy does time fly… We are so close and she’s my best friend in the world! Before I was a parent I never realized how much I could love a child.”

According to People, El Moussa brought his new girlfriend, Heather Young, to the party. “Seriously @heatherraeyoung and I had a great time! It was the first time we were all together and it was great,” he shared.

Anstead also posted birthday wishes to her now 9-year-old, writing, “Happy 9️⃣ Birthday #TaylorReese ! Slime theme / pool party was a success 💙💚 Outgoing, sassy, smart and adventurous… Love being her mama!!”

Anstead realized ahead of time she was taking on a big task very soon after giving birth. “I’m definitely crazy and this proves it because we have a 2-week-old and I told Taylor I would throw her a 9th birthday party,” she said on her Instagram Stories on Saturday, as reported by People. She added that her daughter’s entire “third grade class” would be attending the slime pool party. Though the birthday bash was a hit, Anstead is now needing to take some time to recover from the event.

‘Back to bed rest’

The reality star recently posted a pic of herself in bed holding baby Hudson, apparently taking a much needed time out. “Welll… I’m a moron. I felt totally fine since one week postpartum- like zero pain… but I was resting and taking it easy,” she wrote on Instagram, “and then I threw Tay a bday party and was lifting and running around all weekend… and yesterday I woke up like oh crap … and today oh crap turned into oh sh**”

Anstead goes on to reveal that she’s feeling some pain due to her overactivity, and encourages new moms to take the time they need to heal. “I definitely hurt myself. It’s not the c-section incision area that hurts it’s my left abdomen and it hurts bad ;/. So please anyone who just had a baby- don’t overdue it. I always want to be the people pleaser in the family and make sure everyone knows how much I care about them- but in doing so I wasn’t taking care of myself. Back to bed rest and baby cuddles. 💙”

Hopefully Anstead will be back on her feet soon!