After giving birth to her first child in March 2020, Melissa Suffield has opened up about her post-baby figure and has said that some days she “detests” her new new body.
The Lucy Beale actress, who gushed over her baby three days after giving birth, shared her body struggles and explained that she didn’t recognise herself anymore.
Writing on her Instagram, the 28 year old said: “Some days, I absolutely detest the body that pregnancy has left behind.
“I’m not unrealistic. I did not expect for one second that my body would snap back as soon as I’d given birth.
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“What was left was a woman I didn’t recognise anymore. She was a stranger, and she was upsetting me, so in return I wasn’t kind to her. The message is clear. Love yourself!”
The former EastEnders star went on to reveal that while she is grateful for her son, she is still able to want to have the body she had before getting pregnant.
“I can appreciate my body and everything it has given me, while still wanting to better myself.
“I can mourn my pre-baby stomach, and still be grateful that it grew my body.
“I can want it back into my favourite pair of jeans, without it being because I’m conforming to unrealistic and dangerous beauty standards,” Melissa explained.
“I can want to shift some of the weight I gained beyond my control during pregnancy, without it making me fatphobic.”
The soap star continued: “I can see my body and recognise it’s worth, but I can also set myself a goal. After all, having a project is good for the soul and the mind.”
Melissa, who announced her pregnancy in September 2019, candidly admitted to still feeling the effects of pregnancy 10 months on.
She continued: “I’m hoping that I’ll be able to shift it back towards something I recognise (as much as my hips and breastfeeding constant hunger will allow of course lol)
“But I’m also going to try really hard not to put too much pressure on myself. Keep drinking water, keep trying to walk whenever I can, and keep myself busy,” she concluded.