Former Love Island star and mental health advocate Malin Andersson has shared a series of intimate pictures proudly showing off her baby bump on Instagram. The 28-year-old joyfully announced the news that she was expecting on 1 August, calling it a "new beginning" after the devastating death of her daughter Consy in 2019.
"I never thought I could experience this," Malin wrote in her announcement post. "All the pain I’ve endured has led to this very moment... my own little family."
Consy, who Malin named after her late mother, who was born seven weeks premature in 2018. She was transferred to the intensive care unit at Great Ormond Street hospital in London, where she tragically died less than a month later.
Now, Malin is opening up about her most recent pregnancy and embracing her newfound curves in an intimate photoshoot documenting her journey. The powerful portraits feature the mama-to-be sweetly cradling her baby bump in a series of unedited pics, which she shared with her 737,000 followers:
Fans praised the star's decision to not retouch the images, which quickly racked up over 15,000 likes in under three hours on the social media site:
"Beautiful and natural"
"It’s amazing what bodies can do x"
"Absolutely precious, you got this girl, the best is yet to come 💕💕💕💕💕"
"I am proud of you"
The mother-to-be also shared an important post on how her pregnancy has emotionally affected her mental wellbeing, including a beautiful poem she wrote about love and loss.
"This pregnancy should make you happy they said, you should be grateful... look to the future and smile instead," she wrote. "But it doesn’t always work out like that: grief comes creeping out... keeping you trapped."
Malin continued on to say that she didn't realise her pregnancy "would trigger this pain", but that she "knew it would come with its challenges".
"She knows deep down not to worry; she’s got this far. Her strength will always carry her through," she wrote.
Fans flooded the comments section praising Malin for bravely opening up and also shared their own rainbow baby journeys.
One fan commented, "Absolutely beautiful, gave me chills when reading it," while another added "With every hardship comes ease❤️ hugs and love your way mummy x".
A third said, "LYSM ❤️❤️❤️ You’ve got this baby girl. With you every step of the way ❤️Your [sic] incredible xxx".
We can't help but agree.
If you're looking for support or more information about premature births, stillbirths or miscarriage, Tommy's have a free helpline 0800 0147 800 (open 9 - 5, Monday to Friday). There's also a Facebook group.
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