Hollyoaks star Jennifer Metcalfe has been praised for her frank and honest post about her post-pregnancy body.
The actress, who welcomed her first child with partner Greg Lake in June, shared a picture of herself sitting cross-legged on the floor and wearing just underwear.
In a lengthy caption along with the Instagram post, Metcalfe told of how happy she was with her figure, adding its appearance was the “least” of her worries after carrying and giving birth to her son.
The 34-year-old soap star described how her figure is different, detailing the changes in her breasts – which went from a B-cup to an F and a G-cup – her “big” bottom, her “wobbly” arms and legs, and her “squishy” tummy.
She used the social media post and the picture of “unfiltered” body to urge other mothers and expectant mothers to be kinder to themselves about their postnatal bodies.
Metcalfe said she has a lot of friends who are pregnant and new mothers, adding that she knows their new bodies can make them feel “insecure and down”.
“I think it’s important we c unfiltered bodies durin n after r babies n celebrate them (sic)!” she wrote.
She said she loved seeing how her “body adapted to accommodate new life”, adding that it was “truly, beautifully, mindblowing”.
Fans of the star, who has played Mercedes McQueen in Hollyoaks for a decade, praised her “refreshing” post.
Writing in the comments section under the Instagram picture, one person wrote: “This is the best post I’ve ever read! Well done! You look amazing and it’s so refreshing to see and read your honesty.”
Another said Metcalfe was “a true role model to women everywhere” while one agreed, adding she is an “inspiration to women all over the world”.
“Just beautiful. I love that you done this!! Be proud,” one person wrote.
One person responded: “You are an amazing woman, I love this speech and every new mumma should see it.”
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