Having a baby brings so many changes to our lives – what we do, what we prioritise, our relationships – and often the way we look and feel about ourselves, too.
And it’s no surprise celebs feel the same way.
Former TOWIE star Dan Osborne has shared with Closer how his girlfriend Jacqueline Jossa – who plays Lauren Branning in EastEnders – has struggled with body confidence since becoming mum to baby Ella 21 months ago.
On winning the accolade of Sexiest Female in Soap at the Soap Awards, Dan revealed:
‘She was really happy to win that award. She didn’t think she could win it after she’d had a baby – she doesn’t think she’s sexy anymore.”
And Jacqueline herself opened up to the Daily Star about how comments from the public have affected her, saying:
“Nowadays you only have to go on Twitter to see what people like and what people don’t like. If someone makes a fair comment, then I’ll think ‘OK, cool, that’s what they think.’
“But I try not to pay attention to comments about the way I look. I’ve had people saying: ‘She looks pregnant again, maybe she is having baby number two.’ I’d like those people to know I’m not having another baby. So screw you.”
We can only imagine how tough it can be coming under that kind of scrutiny about how you look when you’re in the public eye.
It can be hard enough for us mere mortals adjusting to life/our post-baby body let alone being a celeb and having people question whether you’re pregnant again when you’re just carrying a bit of baby weight.
Or – on the other hand – putting you under a microscope if you do manage to snap back to your pre-baby body shape quickly (‘she couldn’t have done it healthily ‘ ‘why she’s spending so much time at the gym, she should be with her baby’). Argh!
You just can’t win ?
All we can say is, Jacqueline, we think you look fab and little Ella is totally and utterly adorable – so enjoy every minute ?
What do you think?
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Images: Instagram/Jacqueline Jossa