Camilla Thurlow gave birth just three-and-a-half months ago. Her body, unsurprisingly, looks different to the way it did before she got pregnant with baby Nell. And the former bomb disposal expert has taken to Instagram with a very empowering post to remind people that's no bad thing.
In the comments section of a photograph Camilla had previously uploaded of herself and her baby daughter, the 31-year-old noticed some remarks questioning whether she might be pregnant again. Some followers had spotted what they believed to be a bump, and felt it appropriate to write about it publicly.
In response, Camilla decided to share another post, addressing those comments. "I've been in two minds whether to mention this," she opened her caption with, and continued: "This is just a friendly reminder that if a woman wants you to know she is pregnant, she will tell you." After all, she pointed out, wouldn't we all prefer to hear it from the woman herself, and not "inadvertently [cause] embarrassment or offence, or worse, pain and sadness?"
The former Love Islander went on to clarify that she's not offended by any of the comments, and used her post as a chance to explain exactly why: because she's grateful for the body that gave her a child.
"I’m 3.5 months postpartum. My body spent 9 months adapting not just to carrying and birthing a baby, but to becoming a mother," the author and social media star wrote. And then she went on to point out all the ways in which her body has changed, as well as the reasons she's thankful it has.
"My shoulders are broader now and thank goodness they are as I’m carrying a baby around most of the time. They have allowed me to rock my little girl to sleep even when my arms were aching, to let her feel warm and safe in my arms. My hips are wider and I’m so glad they are as they give me the support I need to scoop her up and chatter into her perfect little face."
Camilla, who welcomed her first child with fellow Love Island contestant Jamie Jewitt, finally added that she has "more energy stores" post-having a baby. "I’ve never needed them so much in my life, and I’ve never been more grateful to my body for finding a way to constantly keep going," she wrote.
The mum-of-one shared this important message along with a photo of herself smiling; a reflection that she is "the most contented" and "the strongest" she has ever felt. And the sentiment is almost infectious; so if you're feeling down about the way you look - post-partum or not - try taking a step back and allowing yourself to consider all the things it does for you. Because, really, whatever shape or size your body is - it's the most incredible thing.
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