Gemma Atkinson tells mum police to ‘go f**k themselves’ and reveals the criticism she’s received as a new parent
Actress Gemma Atkinson, 34, has told the mum police to “go f**k themselves” in her latest brutally honest Instagram post.
Gemma, who gave birth to her first daughter Mia eight weeks ago, had some strong words for those who have been giving her unsolicited advice on how to raise her daughter.
The mum of one, who shares daughter Mia with Strictly Come Dancing professional Gorka Marquez, 28, posted a meme which read: “On your mark, get set, of f**k yourself.”
In the caption, she then wrote a list of the unwanted advice she’s received since having Mia, which included a number of critical remarks such as “she shouldn’t have a dummy”, “I hope you’re breastfeeding” and “can’t believe you wake her to feed”.
Gemma then explained: “Above is just a small list of what’s been said to me on here since having Mia. She’s not even 8 weeks old.
“I’m absolutely all for getting help and advice! But there’s ways to do it, So to those people who seem to be the unqualified experts when it comes to being a mum, the above is for you.”
She then added: “Print it and hang it on the wall next to your perfect parent award,” with a thumbs up emoji.
Gemma’s honest post received more than 80,000 likes and thousands of comments from mums agreeing with her post, including celebrities.
Paddy McGuiness’ wife Christine said: “Heard it all before raise her your way, she’s your baby!”
TV personality Kate Lawler commented: “Oi c**k wombles! Leave Gemma alone P.S wtf is a papoose?”
And singer Jenny Frost added: “Boooooom. You know what’s best for your own child..end of. [sic]”
This isn’t the first time Gemma has spoken about being criticised by other parents. Gemma, who gave birth to her daughter Mia via a c-section in July, was recently forced to defend not having a vaginal birth after someone joked that she “took the easy option”.
She explained the joke had got her thinking and said: “Had I failed? Had I not done it 'properly'? After a good chat with myself i came to the conclusion that the only 'proper' way to have a baby is the way that’s safest for you and your baby. [sic]”
Gemma had an emergency c-section after midwives were concerned Mia wouldn’t be “strong enough” to “open her cervix” because she was a “tiny baby”.
After giving birth to Mia, she was in the room with Gorka and their newborn when she “suddenly felt extremely unwell”. Speaking about the traumatic experience, Gemma explained she “lost a lot of blood” after suffering from a “big haemorrhage”.
She added: “I don’t remember much other than having around 9 doctors in the room, some injecting me, hooking me to drips, physically pulling clots out of me & one comforting Gorks who was beside himself in the corner.
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“I woke in another room with Gorks & my family there, Mia sleeping soundly & a lovely midwife named Di who was checking my notes.”
The actress then added: “There is nothing easy about having a section. There is nothing easy about a vaginal delivery. They are both tiring, scary, emotionally draining and each have their own recovery process both mentally & physically.”
But, Gemma has also received some great support from other mums which she spoke about in a separate social media post earlier this week.
Sharing a photo of her wearing Mia in a sling while bending down and stroking one of her adorable dogs, Gemma reflected on the first time she went out after having Mia via a c-section and said it was “daunting”.
She then explained: “I was chatting to another mum though who felt the exact same and it’s so nice to know it's not just me! Talking to like minded mums and getting tips has been so helpful to me.”
She added: “Encouragement without judgment is what’s needed,” and mentioned the Peanut App which she has been using to seek support from other parents.
Gemma has been praised for a number of honest posts on her social media, including a photo where Gemma showed off her “new curves” in a post-baby body positive snap.
She explained she was, “Loudly and proudly rocking her post baby curves”. And added: “This is me 6 weeks and 4 days post emergency C section. After a section there’s no physical activity or lifting for AT LEAST 6wks.”
Gemma added that she has “a lot of work to do” but had been given the go ahead by doctors to start “gentle exercises", including a 30 minute walk with her pram.
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