Millie Mackintosh is the Women's Health May cover star
The entrepreneur and TV star, 31, opens up about her post-baby body and feeling more 'womanly'
She also discusses the ups and downs of motherhood and the 'scary' moments of baby daughter Sienna's early months
If you've been closely following Millie Mackintosh's ascent since her Made In Chelsea days, it's likely you will have seen a very different side to her during the pandemic - a time in which she became a mum for the first time. The 31-year-old entrepreneur and TV personality - who is Women's Health's latest cover star, for a record fourth time - bravely reveals her struggles with her post-baby body and and the emotional rollercoaster of daughter Sienna's early months.
In an incredibly honest interview, Millie shares how her confidence about how she looked plummeted in the weeks after she gave birth. 'It was honestly quite hard to see my body after a baby,' she tells us.
'And I think it is for a lot of women. It can really feel like a shock and something that’s hard to love, maybe – and hard to feel good about.'
The former reality TV favourite - who shares her little girl with former MIC co-star Hugo Taylor - admitted to feeling worried about leaving the house. 'I did feel self-conscious when I went out and wouldn’t want anything to be tight to my tummy,' she recalls, noting: 'I did struggle looking in the mirror for the first three months.'
However, Millie explains that rebuilding her relationship with her body has been a work in process - that began with getting real about how she really felt. 'I did feel a bit ashamed of my postpartum body. And it’s kind of sad that I felt that…It feels good to admit that,' she says. These days, the social media favourite - who regularly treats her 1.4m followers on Instagram to updates about life as a new parent - insists she feels more positive with her shape now, adding: 'It definitely won’t go back to being exactly the same as before and I’m okay with that…I feel more womanly, and I’m really loving it.”
Millie also candidly details to us how Sienna - who will turn one on May 1st - is noticing her famous mum's body more. 'When we have a bath together, she grabs on to my nipples – she thinks it’s a game!' she laughs. 'Like, that’s how I fed you for the first three months of your life. But now you think it’s a game?!' The star says it was 'crazy stupid love' in her bubble of motherhood when her daughter first arrived in the middle of the first UK lockdown. 'Your life is turned upside down,' she explains. '[I’ve] just never felt the love like it – it’s crazy how much your heart opens and, yeah, she’s incredible.'
In the interview, Millie also opens up about the 'heartbreaking' period when Sienna was diagnosed with hip dysplasia - news she publicly revealed in August. 'It was a really difficult and scary time,' she explains. 'The stress of going from having quite a chilled baby to a baby that’s just crying and upset and you can’t do anything.'
However, her daughter has been making strides ever since. 'As she’s crawling normally and doing well, we’re hopeful and remaining positive that her hips are healthy,' she explains. 'They caught the condition early, so it shouldn’t affect her later in life.'
Her daughter's health journey has been one of the many moments during the pandemic when Millie has chosen to open up in an unfiltered way about her life. 'I think it’s about finding a balance of reality and escapism,' she notes, of life on social media in the past 12 months. 'I have mainly lived in a tracksuit for the last year and haven’t been afraid to show that.'
That's the relatable content we appreciate, Mills, keep it coming!
Read the full interview with Millie Mackintosh in the May 2021 issue of Women’s Health on sale now. Pick up an issue OR why not get Women's Health delivered directly to your door. SUBSCRIBE NOW
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