Frankie Bridge Gets Honest About Her Post-Baby Body: 'Here's To Accepting Ourselves For Who We Are'

"Having no control over what my body did during pregnancy was hard for me."

Frankie Bridge has opened up about her relationship with her body since giving birth, after seeing unedited paparazzi photos of herself in a bikini published online.

The mum-of-two, married to former footballer Wayne Bridge, was in Miami for her 30th. She was unaware she was being snapped by photographers while playing in the sea.

Posting a photo of her body before having children, and another while pregnant with her second child, Bridge wrote: “I woke to messages from friends telling me my body was all over the internet. I had ZERO idea the pictures were being taken... and I hadn’t realised I needed to be conscious of what I looked like at that moment.”

Bridge said it’s important to talk about her relationship with her body because hopefully, it will help someone else who’s in a similar situation. “Whilst I am proud of who I am and that my body was able to bring Carter and Parker into this world… it’s still something I don’t feel confident about,” she wrote.

The mum said she still stresses about how her body looks – “it’s easy to compare others and it’s a massive contributing factor to my mental health,” she wrote.

“When I was pregnant for the first time, that was when I realised I had suffered from an eating disorder in the past, having no control over what my body did during pregnancy was hard for me.”

Bridge continued: “The list is endless; weight loss, weight gain, saggy skin, stretch marks. Mums I know you get me! I still hate the thought of going on holiday – what to wear, how to wear a bikini.

“I know for a fact that no matter how toned, how thin I am that I will never be able to see myself the way that others do. I look back at pictures and long for ‘that’ body, knowing that ‘then’, I wasn’t happy either.

“So, here’s to accepting ourselves for who we are and finding a way to be happy with it.”

The former Saturdays singer was met with hundreds of warming messages from other mums. “You are so beautiful,” one wrote. “You’re such a fantastic role model for people like myself who have suffered with eating disorders and mental health in the past. No one needs to validate your body but I would love to have your attitude towards judgement from others.”

Another wrote: “This is beautifully written and completely struck a cord with me. Thanks for sharing.”