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Your body goes through some of the most overwhelming changes during and after pregnancy. It can be extremely daunting, especially for new mums like Brooke Vincent, who are experiencing these changes for the first time.

The Coronation Street star welcomed her first child, a boy named Mexx, last month. In a powerful open letter, the actress admitted that she felt ashamed for not being able to pick up where she left off.

She explained that she was supposed to get dressed up for the evening but struggled to find something that made her feel beautiful.

“Tonight I was supposed to look completely different, I was supposed to be dressed up, hair and make up done. ready to eat some nice food and maybe have my first cocktail in 11 months with Kean, our first time away from Mexx for an hour or two, instead I look like this,” she wrote alongside a photo of her in her pyjamas.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Brooke continued, “I look like this because I naively thought that 4 weeks after my baby I would be in all my old clothes looking exactly like I did before I got pregnant. I thought my jeans would instantly fit and I would just be my “old self” only with my new beautiful baby. 

“How wrong I was, I tried 23 outfits on at least, nothing looked right, nothing looked like me and I felt like I was looking at a completely different person, I suppose to a certain extent I now am, I am Mexx’s mum,” Brooke reflected.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The soap star said she sobbed after trying on the bundle of different outfits.

“I sat and cried and felt ashamed that I haven't been able to pick up where I left off like people seem to do here on Instagram! The reason for this post is that even when you’re in this bizarre industry you still get sucked in, you still feel a certain way when you see others posts. So this was so important for me to say, for all the women who think they should look, act or feel a certain way after a baby DONT! Don’t beat yourself up,” the new mum pleaded.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"Do you and if 4/6/8weeks or even a year after giving birth you don’t fit in your old clothes don’t worry, you can always join my club. It’s important to be honest because being a new mummy is daunting enough! The most important thing is me & Mexx are healthy & happy and as soon as my baby boy looked at me, I realised he doesn’t care if I fit in my old jeans or not .. So I guess creased watermelon PJs & slippers for now it is,” Brooke added.

Preach it, Brooke!

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The pressure to have a perfect ‘beach body’ still lingers despite waves of body positive movements. The fear of not looking good enough still hangs over so many women, but people like Stacey Solomon are reminding us to embrace our bodies, just as they are.

The mum-of-three is currently on holiday with her darling family and has been sharing their adventures with her Instagram followers.

Stacey showed off her post-baby body in a series of beach snaps and we can’t get over how content she looks.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The mum posed with her little boy, Rex in the photos, who may be the happiest baby we have ever seen.

She captioned the snap: ‘Beach babies. I’m determined to get a picture of all of us while we are here but for now it’s just me, Rexy and Leightons butt.

‘The boys are having far too much fun for pictures. Feeling so lucky to spend precious time in, what I can only describe as paradise, with them making memories.’

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The presenter added a message for her beau Joe Swash, ‘Hurry up and get here Joe Joe we miss you.’

Fans of the Loose Women star were quick to comment on how stunning she looked.

One wrote, ‘Amazing. You look beautiful and so real. My little boy is nearly 4 months old so I love watching the journey you and Rex have.’

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Another wrote, ‘You seriously are an amazing example to young mums or any mums for that matter! Beautiful girl with a beautiful life.’

‘So beautiful @staceysolomon. I love that you’re not afraid to be who you are’ another gushed.

We couldn’t agree more. Stacey’s body confidence is so empowering.

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Gemma Atkinson’s latest post has reminded us of how powerful our bodies are.

The new mum shared three shots, one taken during her pregnancy, one taken six weeks after she gave birth and another taken 15 weeks postpartum.

The actress opened up about the importance of staying fit and healthy as a mum.

She wrote, “Dear body, Thank you! 5 months pregnant / 6wks PP / 15 wks PP. All different but all for a purpose. Growing my baby, feeding my baby, becoming strong and healthy again to be there for my baby. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“My training has even more purpose now I have Mia. I’m her role model! My health and mentally feeling good was always my priority with exercise,” Gemma shared.

“It was never to compete on stage or to chase a certain physique. It was just to be the best version of ME! By making good nutritious choices with my meals without depriving myself (hello once a week cheesecake & pizza) I’m slowly getting back into it,” she continued.

Gemma had to have an emergency C section so the mum has to be cautious when it comes to pushing herself too much. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“I started with just cardio around 8wks PP and last week I had my first session back in the gym. It was tough and I had to go back to basics but afterwards I felt amazing! It’s always worth it once those endorphins kick in,” Gemma shared.

Gemma said her mental health is already benefiting from exercise, “Despite being physically weaker in the gym after time away, I feel mentally stronger than I ever have going through what I did to bring Mia into this world. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“When things get tough, I remind myself that I’m a Mum. A badass Mum. A privilege sadly denied to many… I’m so lucky, that's what keeps me going,” she added.

Gemma’s body positive post has filled us with inspiration. Exercise has an incredible impact on your mental health so we’ll be making more time for it in the future.

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Beyoncé laments her weight gain after giving birth to twins Rumi and Sir in a new video titled 22 Days, proving she's just like us in so many ways.

The clip shows Queen Bey following a strict organic, vegan, non-GMO diet and working out endlessly to get back into shape in time for her ground-breaking Coachella tour last year.

The 37-year-old had just given birth to her baby twins at the beginning of the video, and it begins with the superstar singer stepping onto the weighing scales and saying; 

"Good morning, it’s 5am, and this is day one of rehearsals for Coachella."

The weighing scales show that her weight is 175lbs (roughly 79kg) and she proclaims; "Every woman’s nightmare. Long way to go."

Her 22 Days nutrition programme was set up by her friend and personal trainer, Marco Borges.

"I’m back on the stage after giving birth to twins. I was a woman that felt like my body was not mine," the Spirit singer admits in the candid clip. 

"Me getting the weight off was so much easier than getting my body back in shape and feeling comfortable."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The video also gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at Beyoncé in intense Coachell rehearsals, food-repping and working out ahead of her headline set, which became a Netflix film in a multi-million deal.

Queen Bey claims she has a "special bond" with daughter Blue Ivy, and has been honest with her followers about her post-pregnancy weight loss journey in the past.

In her Netflix documentary Homecoming, she shares:

"I’m limiting myself to no bread, no carbs, no sugar, no dairy, no meat, no fish, no alcohol – and I’m hungry." The star has just released her Lion King album, The Gift.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The former Destiny's Child band-member admitted that she worried her body following Rumi and Sir's birth would affect her performance;

"There were days when I thought I would never be the same I’d never be the same physically, my strength and endurance would never be the same.

"And you know, a lot of the choreography is about feeling so it’s not as technical, it’s your own personality that brings it to life."

She continues: "And that’s hard when you don’t feel like yourself. I had to rebuild my body. It took me a while to feel confident to give my own personality."

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Vogue Williams is a well-known DJ, model, fitness and food guru who promotes a healthy lifestyle whenever she can, and yet is still bombarded with online comments about her weight.

Commenting on a person's body, whether you feel they're overweight or underweight, is always a toxic habit to feed.

The TV personality welcomed her first child with her husband Spencer Matthews eight months ago, and has been open about getting back into fitness since the arrival of baby Theodore.

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Sharing a message which was written to her via Instagram, Vogue wrote; "I can't tell you how annoying these messages are."

The star blacked out the name of the person who wrote the skinny-shaming note, which bluntly said; "You are way too thin."

The fitness guru emphasises a nutrition based diet and exercise, rather than unhealthy habits, so her frustration at receiving such harsh messages is deeply understandable.

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Sharing her BMI on her Instagram Story, she wrote; "There you go, I'm in the VERY healthy range of BMI for my weight and height."

The image displayed a BMI of 19.7, with the calculator app recommending that Vogue maintains her weight.

Slamming her online bullies, the DJ then wrote a paragraph venting her feelings at the bombardment of weight-based trolls;  

"I keep getting messages like that. It's starting to get annoying especially because I want to show a healthy lifestyle."

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She continued; "I'm 64kgs and 5'11. That is 4kgs lighter than I used to sit before I had Theodore. I can't explain why but that's where my weight comfortably sits."

"I train four times a week and try to eat healthily 80 percent of the time. Please don't send messages about my weight anymore!"

Despite having a baby just eight months ago, Vogue is firmly in control of her own body and clearly values the energy which her fitness routine and diet offer her.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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New mums are especially targeted with online hate following the birth of their child and the pressure to get their 'pre-baby body' back. 

Nobody deserves to be targeted about their appearance, so let's hope these messages are firmly put to a halt after Vogue spoke out so eloquently against them.

Herself and Spencer Matthews, known for his role in Made in Chelsea, have only just celebrated baby Theodore's christening over the weekend, which looked like a lovely occasion.

Feature image: Instagram/@voguewilliams

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