Millie Mackintosh Shows Post Pregnancy Body With Honest And Candid Photo
Millie Mackintosh is getting real about coming to terms with her postpartum body and we are SO here for her honesty.
The reality TV star, 30, who gave to her first child with partner Hugo Taylor in May, says that while she's always felt "pretty body confident", pregnancy has made her look at her body "in a whole new light".
In a candid Instagram post, Millie said that while she doesn't feel "totally happy and at one" with her post pregnancy body, she has "no intention of rushing" to get her old body back.
However, she says this acceptance has been made harder by "overly strong and hurtful comments" from online trolls.
Sharing a photo of her wearing just underwear while holding 10-week old daughter Sienna Grace, Millie started: "With Sienna nearing 10 weeks old nothing has given me more purpose than knowing that a small life depends entirely on me to feed and nourish her as she grows.
"I try to live a healthy, balanced lifestyle and I count myself lucky that throughout my adult life I've felt and identified as pretty body confident but now all that has changed along with every other aspect of my life, which makes me look at my body in a totally new light and it's been a big adjustment!"
The former Made In Chelsea star continued: "Fitting into my pre pregnancy clothes seems a long way off and I have no intention of rushing into 'getting my body back' but it would be a lie if I said I feel totally happy and at one with my body post pregnancy.
"The process has been made a lot harder by some overly strong and hurtful comments online about my appearance (as much as you try and ignore them). I'm in awe of what my body has achieved over the last year but I find it hard not seeing the girl I know to be me looking back at me in the mirror."
Millie went on to talk about how pregnancy has changed her view on her body, writing: "I now see photos of myself pre-pregnancy and remember thinking at the time I didn't like my body at certain angle but now I look back and think I looked great!
"It's made me realise how critical I am of myself and how it's so crucial, as women, that we learn to let ourselves off the hook."
She finished by saying: "My mantra has always been that you exercise because you love your body not because you hate it, so any movement I do now is with the intention to feel good and never to punish myself. Sienna is worth every extra inch, pound and stretch mark. My body made me a Mother and for that I'll always be grateful."
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Millie and Hugo welcomed baby Sienna in May, with Hugo, 33, telling Hello! Magazine: "Sienna has turned our world upside down.
"It's like first love all over again - that wondrous feeling of excitement, joy and endless possibility for the future. I can't wait to watch her grow."
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