How Millie Mackintosh Feels About Her Body, 10 Weeks After Giving Birth

Sharing a photo on Instagram, she wrote: "It would be a lie if I said I feel totally happy and at one with my body, post-pregnancy."

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Millie Mackintosh has shared her fears and feelings about her postpartum body in a candid social media post.

The Made in Chelsea star, 30, who gave birth to her first child Sienna 10 weeks ago, recently revealed how she feels about herself on Instagram.

She wrote how she’d found her “purpose” being a mum, “knowing that a small life depends entirely on me to feed and nourish her as she grows”.

Living “a healthy, balanced lifestyle” is important to her, she said, adding that she’d always identified as “body confident” – until she became a mother. Now, she admitted, she’s looking at her body “in a totally new light”.

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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! 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. 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. 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 💗 #postpartumbody

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“Fitting into my pre-pregnancy clothes seems a long way off and I have no intention of rushing into ‘getting my body back’,” she wrote, “but it would be a lie if I said I feel totally happy and at one with my body, post-pregnancy.

“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.”

Mackintosh, who married her reality TV co-star Hugo Taylor two years ago, said looking at photos of herself before she was pregnant had taught her how “critical” she is of herself. And she put out a plea – to herself and to other women – to “learn to let ourselves off the hook”.

“Sienna is worth every extra inch, pound and stretch mark,” she added. “My body made me a mother and for that I’ll always be grateful.”

Her honesty about her conflicted feelings went down well with fans, who praised her for telling it like it is. “Felt and feel exactly the same, well said,” one mum wrote.

Another said posts like Mackintosh’s were needed from celebrity mums.

“Finally, a celeb post body that resembles the rest of us mere mortals,” she commented. “You look incredible, a super fit, strong mumma. How your body is supposed to look, 10 weeks later... well done.”

And one mum simply wrote: “Omg this” - with the queen emoji.

Amen to that.