Kate Lawler has been “blown away” by the support her 299,000 Instagram followers have shown her after opening up on her emotional struggles as a new mum.
The 40 year old shared a lengthy statement on her Instagram feed earlier this week revealing that she was “at breaking point” and said she “feels like she’s failing”. The Big Brother winner also hit out at cruel critics as some followers questioned why she chose to share a photo of her two beloved dogs Shirley and Baxter on Sunday 14 March.
Since posting the open and raw statement, the star has been inundated by messages of support from her loyal fans and Kate couldn’t help but thank them in a second statement on her Instagram feed.
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Sharing a photo of herself wearing a black T-shirt which had the words “It’s ok to feel s**t” on the front, she wrote: “I’m absolutely blown away by the response from my last post over the past 24 hours. Initially I felt scared about posting it because of a fear I’d be labelled insensitive or ungrateful but THANK YOU, it was the right thing to do.”
The new mum explained that although it’s a joyous occasion to become a parent, it’s not always “sunshine and rainbows” and people can really struggle.
She continued: “So many people have reached out, sent messages of love, support, advice & understanding. Just because you’ve chosen and been fortunate enough to conceive, carry and birth a little human, it doesn’t mean that it’s all sunshine & rainbows. For some it’s dark, stormy & no parent should have to pretend it’s going well when it isn’t. It’s okay to feel shit.
“I’ve been inundated with messages from Mums & Dads telling me they felt like this too (in the newborn days and beyond) but couldn’t admit it to anyone. They behaved like everything was great when it wasn’t & it’s heartbreaking to hear they felt obliged to not speak their truth.
“Big love to every parent old and new smashing it right now, but if you’re struggling, I hope my previous post will encourage more women & men to speak up (especially during the postpartum period) about WHATEVER is affecting their mental or physical health, their child, relationship or anything else making them feel sad, confused, anxious, depressed, scared or whatever.
“Whether it’s to relatives, partners, friends, midwives or health visitors. There are also fantastic charities like @pandas_uk who are there to support families coping with a perinatal mental illness.”
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Kate, who recently said the first weeks of being a mum have been “challenging”, went on to reveal that she managed to get a bit of sleep and her daughter Noa has felt better as well.
“I actually managed to get some sleep last night & I can’t tell you how much better I’m feeling for it,” she wrote. “Noa has improved over the last 24 hours too!
“She is crying less, sleeping a teeny bit more & the GP prescribed baby gaviscon saying her symptoms sound like trapped wind/colic, maybe reflux. [sic]
“To my family, friends, everyone who has offered a shoulder to cry on – albeit over the phone/FaceTime, illegal hugs [crying with laughter emoji] to walk our dogs, to walk with me, bake cakes, make us food, come over to help out (even though it’s not allowed) you have no idea how much this has lifted me.”
Kate added: “Finally, I can’t read all your messages but hand on heart I appreciate every single one of them, so apologies if you don’t get a reply.
“I love you all x,” [sic] followed by a red heart emoji.