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Millie Mackintosh has revealed on Instagram she has “connected” with her body to reflect on her postpartum journey, adding her relationship with her body has had its “ups and downs” along the way.
The mum-of-one, 31, who shared her trick for reducing skin puffiness and inflammation, confessed she found it “really hard” to love her body again after giving birth to her first child with her husband Hugo Taylor, 34, last year.
Alongside a selection of gorgeous mirror selfies which saw the star wearing a pink underwear set and holding her daughter in her arms, Millie began to announce: “It’s almost a year since I gave birth to Sienna and what an incredible whirlwind of a year it has been! When time flies by so quickly, it’s easy to forget to pause and reflect.
“So, this week I sat down, connected with my body and had a little chat about the adventure we’ve been on and the changes we have gone through. Looking back at my postpartum journey, everyday I am in awe of what my body has done and continues to do, to support me and my baby.
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“I admire how quickly it recovered from growing a human and evolved to support and cherish the needs of my darling Sienna,” she shared before detailing what it has been like to “learn” to love the changes her body went through.
“Parts of my body may not quite sit how they used to before but, I am learning to love the changes, the marks and the scars, because they remind me of the amazing miracle that occurred,” she stated.
“My relationship with my body during my pregnancy and postpartum journey has had its ups and downs. For a while after I gave birth I found it really hard to love my body again and it often felt like I was trying to love a stranger, I just didn’t recognise myself and it was a shock.”
Millie, who recently shared an adorable video of Sienna saying her first word, revealed while she loved her body during her first pregnancy, she soon found herself wanting to “hide” parts of her body afterwards.
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“I went from being pregnant and loving my pregnancy curves, to wanting to cover up and hide my body, hating how nothing fit me,” she said. “I want to be raw and honest as I think it’s important for women to share more about their postpartum journeys and know that it’s ok, to not always feel ok!”
The former E4 star then admitted she has been taking things each day as it comes by doing things “slowly and safely”.
“Lots of you have been asking me what I did to loose the weight I gained while pregnant, so I wanted to give you a little insight into that chapter of my journey,” she continued. “It was important for me to do things slowly and safely so over the last year I have incorporated both regular exercise and a balanced diet into my routine.
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“I haven’t rushed myself or followed any drastic diets, everything has been done in moderation. The balance that works for me is a 70/30 ratio of healthy vs more indulgent treats…especially a cinnamon bun or a big bowl of pasta! I workout 4-5 times a week, either running, Pilates, or strength based sessions with my PT motivating me over face time!”
Millie concluded by writing: “I’ve learnt not to punish myself, not to compare my journey to others and by doing that I am now in a good place. I feel strong, I love my body & I am proud of what we have both achieved.”
The brunette beauty was flooded with comments after she gathered her honest thoughts online as one fan wrote: “Needed to read this today – 3 weeks post partum and really struggling to accept my body as it is right now.
"It is absolutely like learning to love a stranger x.”
Another penned underneath: “Great Post, I'm currently 34 weeks pregnant and really struggling with my changing body, really panicking about birth etc so reading your story has helped.”
Hubby Hugo also shared his support by posting three fire emojis with the words: “Smoking.”
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