Millie Mackintosh has spoken about how she struggled with the baby blues and revealed her 11-month-old daughter Sienna’s first word.
Discussing the highs and lows of being a mum, Millie shared that Sienna’s first word was ‘mumma’ while also saying there’s been times where she couldn’t stop crying.
Candid: Millie Mackintosh has spoken about how she struggled with the baby blues and revealed her 11-month-old daughter Sienna’s first word
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Revealing that occasionally she felt ‘completely blue’ and out of control when it came to her emotions, Millie said: ‘A couple of hours later I could just be feeling completely blue, really low, couldn’t stop crying…
‘There were days when it was hard with Hugo as he would be like are you ok? And then I would be like oh god I need you to tell me I’m ok don’t you freak out about me not being ok!’
She went on: ‘At the time, what I found really scary was that I didn’t know what it was. I like to be quite in control and I couldn’t gauge whether I did have post-natal depression or whether it was the baby blues.
‘Because people talk about the baby blues and oh you are going to be a bit tearful and it is really normal to be a bit up and down, but I had some really low days and it was hard because I was so in love with Sienna and so happy.’
Speaking out: The former Made In Chelsea star, 31, opened up to Giovanna Fletcher on her Happy Mum Happy Baby podcast as she spoke candidly about motherhood
Chatting: Discussing the highs and lows of being a mum, Millie shared that Sienna’s first word was ‘mumma’ while also saying there’s been times where she couldn’t stop crying
As well as discussing her lowest moments, Millie also mentioned a recent exciting milestone – as she revealed Sienna had managed to say her first word.
She said: ‘It’s actually been a really, really amazing day because Sienna said her first word today and it was mumma and I just feel like it was a really big milestone day.’
She went on: ‘I know, that’s what everyone always says, they always say dadda, its easier to pronounce, apparently I said dadda first, Hugo is actually quite furious umm so yeah, and I got it on camera.’
Revealing that occasionally she felt ‘completely blue’ and out of control when it came to her emotions, Millie said: ‘A couple of hours later I could just be feeling completely blue, really low, couldn’t stop crying…’
It comes after Millie spoke about being a first time mum, how she felt ‘a bit ashamed of my postpartum body’ and Sienna’s hip dysplasia, with
Millie candidly revealed she struggled to even look in the mirror the first three months after Sienna’s birth.
She said: ‘It was honestly quite hard to see my body after a baby. And I think it is for a lot of women. It can really feel like a shock and something that’s hard to love, maybe – and hard to feel good about.
Wow! It comes after Millie admitted she felt ‘a bit ashamed of her postpartum body’ (pictured in a behind-the-scenes snap from her recent Women’s Health cover shoot)
‘I did feel self-conscious when I went out and wouldn’t want anything to be tight to my tummy. And, yeah, I did feel a bit ashamed of my postpartum body.
‘And it’s kind of sad that I felt that. It feels good to admit that and say, “yeah, I did struggle looking in the mirror for the first three months”.’
But Millie, who has worked hard gradually reintroducing her fitness regime and nutrition in the months after Sienna’s birth, said she has learnt to love her figure.
Joking she’s ‘mainly lived in a tracksuit for the last year’, due to the pandemic, she added: ‘[My figure] definitely won’t go back to being exactly the same as before and I’m okay with that…I feel more womanly, and I’m really loving it.’
Change: Millie said she struggled to even look in the mirror the first three months after Sienna’s birth (pictured in the final stages of her pregnancy)
The brunette beauty also touched upon receiving Sienna’s hip dysplasia diagnosis.
The diagnosis meant that Sienna had to wear a special harness for six to 12 weeks in order to treat the dysplasia, making it hard for Millie to cuddle and breastfeed her daughter.
Cover star: Read the full Millie Mackintosh interview in the May issue of Women’s Health UK, on sale from 7th April
‘It was a really difficult and scary time,’ she said. ‘The stress of going from having quite a chilled baby to a baby that’s just crying and upset and you can’t do anything.
‘It was really heartbreaking. But as she’s crawling normally and doing well, we’re hopeful and remaining positive that her hips are healthy. They caught the condition early, so it shouldn’t affect her later in life.’
Millie and Hugo originally dated for six months in 2011, before Millie dumped Hugo when she found out he’d cheated with her best friend and co-star Rosie Fortescue.
Millie then met her future husband, rapper Professor Green, 37, real name Stephen Manderson, who she tied the knot with in September 2013.
The ex-couple were married for two-and-a-half years, before finalising their divorce in May 2016, the same week Millie and Hugo went public with their rekindled romance.
Rapper Stephen has since welcomed a little girl of his own with girlfriend Karima McAdams. Actress Karima gave birth to daughter Slimane Ray Manderson in March.
Happy family: Millie welcomed her first child with her husband Hugo Taylor in May last year