Canadian actress Cassie Steele is getting real about how pregnancy has changed her.
The "Degrassi: The Next Generation" star took to Instagram on Tuesday with a candid post about finding herself while being pregnant and how "different" her personality is.
Steele shared a reel with clips and photos from a July vacation, including some boat pics with her boyfriend Favi Martinez, where she showed off her pregnant belly. She admitted this was the first time she "truly felt pregnant" in the caption.
"Little boy was half baked in these pics... I remember this trip being so different from our past visits and having those memories to compare with ones newly forming is when I first truly felt pregnant," she began.
I didn't feel like entertaining or making people laugh. Didn't even feel like drinking!Cassie Steele (via Instagram)
"I'm very into functional fitness, martial arts and other sports so when I rolled my ankle several times I kept thinking, 'it must be my shoes.'" After stumbling "so many times," she realized she should accept help to balance herself while she's carrying a baby.
Steele also said she had to get used to not participating in family games as much as she used to, adding she used to be a competitive person.
"I wasn't just tired. I truly did not feel competitive. I didn't feel like entertaining or making people laugh. Didn't even feel like drinking!" she recalled realizing at one event.
"Being a loud, competitive gal who likes to drink and entertain people has kinda been my whole personality since I was sentient."
Steele, who was also on "The L.A. Complex," admitted she's not sad about being different.
"I'm content that I feel at peace and in tune with my instincts to rest. For me, entertaining or making people laugh is what I've always lived for, it's breathing, it never really turns 'off.'"
She now reserves that energy for herself, she penned. Steele explained she was tired before pregnancy too, but a different kind of tired.
"Tired of spreading myself thin, of overcommitting, of pouring energy into people, ideas, projects that left me empty rather than whole," Steele claimed.
"I actually remember being so exhausted that I was fantasizing about breaking my leg so I could get an excuse to shut everything out for a bit. It's funny in a morbid way."
I'm content that I feel at peace and in tune with my instincts to rest.Cassie Steele (via Instagram)
Her followers resonated with the message, and praised Steele for embracing her new chapter.
"The cutest message ever. I loved the whole context to this. Thank you for sharing!," one Instagram user commented.
"Gorgeous as always! You are legit glowing! Beyond happy for you," someone wrote.
I love this. And love you. And love seeing this other side of you. I'm not pregnant but I am learning a new version of me and figuring out that it's OK to change. Thank you for sharing," another added.