Millie Mackintosh shares post-baby scars in underwear selfie

Megan Sutton
·3-min read

From Cosmopolitan

In May last year, former Made In Chelsea stars Millie Mackintosh and Hugo Taylor welcomed their first child together, a daughter named Sienna.

Influencer Millie has used her social media accounts to talk to followers about her experiences, from being pregnant and giving birth during the first lockdown to seeking treatment for Sienna's hip dysplasia - a condition some babies are born with that means their hip sockets are dislocated.

Almost a year after giving birth, Millie has now opened up about her post-baby weight loss and her journey to love her postpartum body, writing a thoughtful post alongside a series of underwear selfies, with a cute appearance from little Sienna.

"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. I admire how quickly it recovered from growing a human and evolved to support and cherish the needs of my darling Sienna. 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," Millie said.

Millie spoke about how her 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. 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!"

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Millie then detailed how she's lost weight since giving birth, making sure to clarify that doing this "slowly and safely" through "regular exercise and a balanced diet" was key.

"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," she explained.

"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."

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In the comments, followers shared their own postpartum journeys.

"Needed to read this today - 3 weeks postpartum and really struggling to accept my body as it is right now. It is absolutely like learning to love a stranger," one said.

"You look amazing but most importantly you look happy. The mum journey is such a bumpy one," another added.

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