Millie Mackintosh has admitted that she fell into the trap of comparing herself to other mums when she found herself struggling with the baby blues.
The former Made in Chelsea star has been open about suffering low moods following the birth of her daughter Sienna who is now nine months old.
The 31-year-old has since vowed never to compare herself to others, and calls it a recipe for “misery and negativity”.
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Speaking exclusively to OK! online about her recent collaboration with WaterWipes, Millie opened up about her experience of the baby blues which she says was “so tough”.
“When I was dealing with baby blues, I didn’t want to talk about it, but a couple of months later I thought this is something that must affect lots of other women, I had found it so tough I wanted to hear other women’s experiences because I definitely wasn’t prepared for it.
“The changes in your hormones, emotionally there were a lot of ups and downs in the weeks following Sienna’s birth. It affects a lot of women so I wanted to share about it,” she said.
However, the TV star urged fans to resist comparing themselves to the polished picture of life put forward by Instagram stars and influencers.
“Comparison never makes you feel good. If I compare myself to other Mums or other women, whether it’s saying ‘I don’t fit in my jeans anymore’, or ‘I’m not at the stage of life I expected to be’, ‘I’m not there and they are’, ‘I’m not doing that and they are’ – whatever it is, it leads you down a negative and miserable path,” she said.
Millie admitted that she can still struggle to put this into practice but does her best to keep things authentic on her own page.
“I do have to remind myself not to do it – especially on social media. You have to remember it’s not real life, we are just showing you literally the best parts, like a photo album.
“They want to show you the glossy moments – so I try to show things a bit more real on my feed,” she said.
Millie is currently working with WaterWipes on their new biodegradable wipes and hopes the campaign will help Mums make informed decisions about the products they use.
WaterWipes are now 100% biodegradable, plastic-free and compostable wipes containing just two ingredients and zero harsh chemicals.
WaterWipes 100% of biodegradable baby wipes are available in the UK across all major retailers now.