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Millie Mackintosh pens ‘love letter’ describing body confidence issues

She gave birth to her first child, Sienna, with fellow Made in Chelsea alum Hugo Taylor, 34, back in May. 

And on Saturday, Millie Mackintosh, 31, reflected on her relationship to her body post-pregnancy, in a beautifully written ‘love letter’ that was candid about her body confidence issues. 

The reality star described ‘damaging’ her strawberry blonde hair to such a degree that it took ‘ten years’ to get it back to its original colour. 

Candid: Millie Mackintosh, 31, reflected on her relationship to her body post-pregnancy, in a beautifully written ‘love letter’ that was candid about her body confidence issues on Saturday (pictured in September) 

While she also admitted to planning a boob job and even ‘abusing’ her stomach in her younger years.  

Of her skin, she wrote: ‘Starting in my early teens, and reappearing recently as adult acne, my breakouts have the power to reduce me to tears and destroy my body confidence.’ 

Of her boobs, Millie penned: ‘I stuffed my bras with cotton wool and often wore two for maximum effect.

‘I always felt you were a bit small and I planned to do something about you at some point.  

 

Honest: The reality star described 'damaging' her strawberry blonde hair to such a degree that it took 'ten years' to get it back to its original colour, while she also admitted to planning a boob job and even 'abusing' her stomach in her younger years

Honest: The reality star described ‘damaging’ her strawberry blonde hair to such a degree that it took ‘ten years’ to get it back to its original colour, while she also admitted to planning a boob job and even ‘abusing’ her stomach in her younger years 

‘Then, when I was pregnant you amazed me by doubling in size and then a lot more after Sienna was born and my milk came in. 

‘You fed my baby for the first four months of her life and for that I will always be grateful. Now you’ve deflated and after being so stretched, you look a little sad and saggy.

‘How I miss you being being perfect and perky. How did I not see it? I wish I appreciated you more before.’

She added about her stomach:  ‘You are where I gain weight most easily and the hardest place to lose it. 

Motherhood: She gave birth to her first child, Sienna, with fellow Made in Chelsea alum Hugo Taylor, 34, back in May

Motherhood: She gave birth to her first child, Sienna, with fellow Made in Chelsea alum Hugo Taylor, 34, back in May

Throwback: Millie said of her stomach that she used to feel anxious about gaining weight, but now that she has given birth she has 'a new found respect' for it (pictured during her pregnancy)

Throwback: Millie said of her stomach that she used to feel anxious about gaining weight, but now that she has given birth she has ‘a new found respect’ for it (pictured during her pregnancy) 

‘Now that you’ve grown and carried my daughter in you, I have a new found respect for you. 

‘I admit I find it hard sometimes to love your new softness and jiggle that is inevitable after having a baby, but I feel more connected to you as you grew a life inside you, so it’s ok if you never look the same, you have a story to tell now.’

She said that she has ‘always thought’ her bum was one of her best features, but says she would prefer if it were ‘without scars’ and wasn’t ‘dimpled with cellulite’. 

Millie wrote that she used to hate her legs as she was bullied at school with the moniker ‘sparrow legs’ – but now she deems them to be her ‘favourite’ feature.  

Love letter: Of her boobs, Millie penned: 'Then, when I was pregnant you amazed me by doubling in size and then a lot more after Sienna was born and my milk came in.' (pictured in September)

Love letter: Of her boobs, Millie penned: ‘Then, when I was pregnant you amazed me by doubling in size and then a lot more after Sienna was born and my milk came in.’ (pictured in September) 

She elegantly concluded: ‘Our bodies are rooting for us all the time, constantly working to keep us alive, strong and thriving. 

‘Even if the mind decides it doesn’t love what it sees in the mirror, the body will always love us back again.’ 

Pregnancy, she added, had led her to have a ‘new found respect’ for her body. 

Millie’s latest post come after she recently opened up about struggling emotionally following the birth of Sienna. 

Natural beauty: The reality star also described 'damaging' her strawberry blonde hair to such a degree that it took 'ten years' to get it back to its original colour

Natural beauty: The reality star also described ‘damaging’ her strawberry blonde hair to such a degree that it took ‘ten years’ to get it back to its original colour

Writing on another Instagram post, the reality star revealed she would ‘go from being euphorically happy, to being deeply sad and tearful’ and encouraged other mums to get help for the ‘baby blues’.

In the emotional post she penned: ‘Let’s talk about the Baby Blues! Like most new mum’s when I first arrived home with Sienna, I was totally overwhelmed by the love I felt for her, but I also felt very confused by the conflict in my emotions.

‘I’d go from being euphorically happy, to being deeply sad and tearful in the same moment. Hugo would ask what was wrong and I was unable to give him an answer which only made me feel worse as I couldn’t explain these all-consuming emotions.

Emotional: Millie's latest post come after she recently opened up about struggling emotionally following the birth of Sienna

Emotional: Millie’s latest post come after she recently opened up about struggling emotionally following the birth of Sienna 

‘There was the irony of feeling so incredible lucky and happy, surrounded by cake, flowers, cards celebrating our adorable new arrival, yet feeling so stormy inside, which spiralled into anxiety as I feared developing post-natal depression (which did not happen), it almost started to take over the most precious time in my life.’  

Explaining how she reached out for help she continued: ‘After 3 weeks of severe emotional up’s and down’s, I decided reach out and spoke to my Obstetrician. He told me it was very likely it was just to do with my hormones and to see how I was doing at my 6 week check-up.

‘I found it helpful to keep a diary of how I was feeling, noting which days I felt sad vs happy so I could see everything in more pragmatic way instead of living in a tidal wave of my emotions.

‘Over time I could see from the diary that there were less and less sad days, which made me feel more positive and luckily by 6 weeks post-partum I felt much much better.’

Happy family: Loved up: Millie and Hugo have been married since 2018, having appeared on Made in Chelsea together. Millie was previously married to rapper Professor Green for two and a half years

Happy family: Loved up: Millie and Hugo have been married since 2018, having appeared on Made in Chelsea together. Millie was previously married to rapper Professor Green for two and a half years


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