Former Love Islander Olivia Bowen – who is married to her co-star Alex Bowen – has opened up about her "rollercoaster" pregnancy, confessing that it hasn't been as easy as her social media posts may have made out.
Speaking to her 2.9 million followers on Instagram during a Q&A, the reality TV star responding to fans' comments that she is "glowing" and that her pregnancy "seems great".
"In general, I've been so good, more well than I thought I would be. I really really thought that I was struggling in pregnancy," she confessed. "But I've actually been really well." Olivia explained that she's been blessed to have felt like herself for the majority of her pregnancy and been able to keep up with exercising and her day-to-day life.
However, she took the opportunity to remind fans that what you see on social media isn't the complete picture. "Obviously, there's times that you may not have seen because you know, it's Instagram, it's glossy," she said. "I try to be as real as possible. But the last thing you want to do when you feel like sh** is come online."
The 28-year-old continued: "In hindsight I want to tell you guys that it is a rollercoaster. It's not been, you know, this perfect journey. It's been absolutely amazing and don't get me wrong, I've been so lucky, but I have had hard days.
"I have had days where I've cried. I've been angry. I've been irritable. I've probably not been very nice to be around."
Recalling some of the tougher periods in her pregnancy, the ex Islander said that her third trimester had hit her "like a ton of bricks". She also says that testing positive for COVID took its toll, and that she experienced a major panic attack due to her anxiety "being in overdrive".
As for how she has handled the trickier times during her pregnancy, Olivia said she's tried not to "be so hard" on herself. "I've woken up some days and just not felt me, not felt like the Olivia that I knew," she explained. "But I suppose I've just looked at the more sunny side of it because I have really enjoyed it. I have been very, very grateful and lucky and loved the feeling of [being pregnant]."
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