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Frankie Bridge shares brutally honest Insta post on 'saggy skin and stretch marks'

Mirror logo Mirror 21/05/2019 Louise Randell
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Frankie Bridge has shared a searingly honest Instagram post about her "saggy skin and stretch marks " in a bid to help other women tackle body image issues.

The former pop star, 30, uploaded a picture of herself pregnant along side a snap her looking trim during her time in The Saturdays.

Mum-of-two Frankie explained she was horrified to see some unposed and unretouched pictures of herself in a bikini in Miami - and wanted to address the issue of body image.

In her post on Instagram , she explained: "It’s important to talk about my relationship with my body because hopefully, it will help someone else who’s in a similar situation to how I’ve felt and often feel about my body

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"Whilst I am proud of who I am and that my body was able to bring [sons] Carter and Parker into this world… it’s still something I don’t feel confident about.

"I still stress about my body and how my body looks, it’s easy to compare others and it is a massive contributing factor to my mental health.

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Let’s talk about body image..! As you probably know from the InstaSpam – I’m in Miami for my 30th,I’ve been looking forward to it for a long time and this morning, I woke to messages from friends telling me my body was all over the internet. Whether you wanted to see me in a bikini or not, you can now see me (at all angles) by the pool, with my family on holiday. I had ZERO idea the pictures were being taken, which I completely appreciate is part and parcel of the gig.I was honestly devastated to learn that these pictures had been taken of me whilst I was enjoying time with my family, so much so I couldn’t even bring myself to look at the shots. The pictures of everyone on Instagram, looking posed and beautiful are exactly that, posed!! No one is really “photo ready” in a bikini and I hadn’t realised I needed to be conscious of what I looked like at that moment. It’s important to talk about my relationship with my body because hopefully, it will help someone else who’s in a similar situation to how I’ve felt and often feel about my body.Whilst I am proud of who I am and that my body was able to bring Carter and Parker into this world… it’s still something I don’t feel confident about. I still stress about my body and how my body looks, it’s easy to compare others and it is a massive contributing factor to my mental health. When I was pregnant for the first time that was when I realised I had suffered from an eating disorder in the past, having no control over what my body did during pregnancy was hard for me.The list is endless; weight loss, weight gain, saggy skin, stretch marks. Mums I know you get me! I still HATE the thought of going on holiday – what to wear, how to wear a bikini. Like a lot of women, I’d love to lose some weight, tone up here or there, eat less carbs, not have that glass of alcohol but I am me, the proud mummy to Parker and Carter. I know for a fact that no matter how toned, how thin I am that I will never be able to see myself the way that others do. I look back at pictures (pic 2) and long for ‘that’ body, knowing that ‘then’, I wasn’t happy either. So, here’s to accepting ourselves for who we are and finding a way to be happy with it

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"When I was pregnant for the first time that was when I realised I had suffered from an eating disorder in the past, having no control over what my body did during pregnancy was hard for me.

"The list is endless; weight loss, weight gain, saggy skin, stretch marks. Mums I know you get me!"

Frankie goes on to insist she's always thinking about how to improve herself, but feels now is the time that women should start learning to accept their bodies flaws and all.

a woman sitting down talking on a cell phone: Frankie Bridge shared a picture of herself with son Parker while she was pregnant with his brother Carter © Instagram Frankie Bridge shared a picture of herself with son Parker while she was pregnant with his brother Carter She added: "I still HATE the thought of going on holiday – what to wear, how to wear a bikini.

"Like a lot of women, I’d love to lose some weight, tone up here or there, eat less carbs, not have that glass of alcohol but I am me, the proud mummy to Parker and Carter.

"I know for a fact that no matter how toned, how thin I am that I will never be able to see myself the way that others do. I look back at pictures (pic 2) and long for ‘that’ body, knowing that ‘then’, I wasn’t happy either.

"So, here’s to accepting ourselves for who we are and finding a way to be happy with it."

Frankie is mum to two boys, Parker and Carter, with her husband Wayne Bridge.

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