'Even my fingers were fat': Why Mariel refused to share post-baby body photos

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Posted at May 10 2018 06:39 PM | Updated as of May 10 2018 06:59 PM

Mariel Rodriguez admits she kept some photos from Isabella's first birthday party hidden because she looked 'super fat.'  Mariel Rodriguez's Instagram account

MANILA -- There's no denying that Mariel Rodriguez loves to take photos, if her pretty active Instagram page is anything to go by. 

But the actress and TV host admitted that there was a time when didn't want to have her picture taken, back during the months after she had just given birth to her daughter, Isabella. 

On Wednesday, she opened up about her fear of being shamed for her post-baby body and recalled how she became "super fat" to the point that her wedding ring would not fit her finger. 

One of the photos Mariel didn't share for fear of being fat-shamed by her followers. Mariel Rodriguez's Instagram account

Sharing the selfies she took but did not post on Instagram because of her insecurities about her weight, she revealed: "I really didn't want people to see me and think that I lost myself." 

She explained that she "dreaded going out," and recalled the times she declined party invitations and endorsement shoots just because she did not want to be "cyber-bullied."

Among the photos she refused to share were from her trip with husband Robin Padilla to Europe, a host of shots of her playing with her baby, and random snaps showing how "wide" she was. 

Mariel Rodriguez's Instagram account

Mariel Rodriguez's Instagram account

Mariel Rodriguez's Instagram account

Mariel Rodriguez's Instagram account

Mariel Rodriguez's Instagram account

Mariel Rodriguez's Instagram account

Mariel Rodriguez's Instagram account

The heaviest she got was 178 pounds, right around when Isabella turned one. That was back in November of last year.

"Even my fingers were fat -- my rings could not fit me," she wrote, before revealing how she lost 40 pounds with the help of a beauty company. "But I knew FAT IS NOT FOREVER! I was not going to let that be the new me." 

Rodriguez gave birth back in November 2016 in the US. Isabella is her first child with Padilla, whom she has been married with since 2010.