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Millie Mackintosh praised as she opens up about anxiety spiral after Sienna’s birth: ‘It almost started to take over’

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Millie Mackintosh opened up about struggling with baby blues (Picture: Instagram)

Millie Mackintosh has been praised by fans after revealing her struggles with baby blues and anxiety.

The Made In Chelsea star, 31, welcomed daughter Sienna with husband Hugo Taylor in May of this year, and has been sharing a glimpse into motherhood on social media ever since.

In a candid Instagram post today, she opened up about the spiral of anxiety she has been suffering since giving birth to the little one.

Alongside a snap as she looked adoringly at the newborn, Millie began a lengthy caption: ‘Let’s talk about the Baby Blues! Like most new mums when I first arrived home with Sienna, I was totally overwhelmed by the love I felt for her, but I also felt very confused by the conflict in my emotions.

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‘I’d go from being euphorically happy, to being deeply sad and tearful in the same moment. Hugo would ask what was wrong and I was unable to give him an answer which only made me feel worse as I couldn’t explain these all-consuming emotions.

‘There was the irony of feeling so incredible lucky and happy, surrounded by cake, flowers, cards celebrating our adorable new arrival, yet feeling so stormy inside, which spiralled into anxiety as I feared developing post-natal depression (which did not happen), it almost started to take over the most precious time in my life.’

The star said that she eventually sought professional help from a doctor – who suggested that these emotions were due to her hormones.

‘I found it helpful to keep a diary of how I was feeling, noting which days I felt sad vs happy so I could see everything in more pragmatic way instead of living in a tidal wave of my emotions,’ she continued.

‘Over time I could see from the diary that there were less and less sad days, which made me feel more positive and luckily by 6 weeks post-partum I felt much much better.

‘I found that being around nature really helped to boost my mood, so long walks in the park became a daily ritual. I was also very open with my midwife, friends and family about how I was feeling.

‘I know for a lot of people sharing your doubts and worries can feel taboo as you fear that people will think the worst and that you’re not a good mum. 

Hugo Taylor and Millie Mackintosh
Millie and Hugo welcomed their first child together in May (Picture: Getty)

‘For me sharing those worries was a positive experience and I immediately felt those closest to me rally around to support me, Hugo and Sienna. They all checked in daily and reminded me it would pass and in my case they were right.’

Millie concluded her post by urging those who are struggling to speak to those closest to them, and get help.

‘If you are experiencing the baby blues please don’t be afraid to vocalise it and if you feel like post-natal depression could be setting in then seek professional help as soon as you have those thoughts and feelings,’ she added. ‘Remember you are never alone!’

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And fans were full of praise for the E4 favourite, thanking her for shedding a light on such an important topic.

Flooding the comments below, an Instagram user shared: ‘This is so lovely. Needs to be spoken about more xxxx.’

‘This will help so many new mums,’ another agreed.

‘Ah, it is such an emotional rollercoaster isn’t it?! You’re doing amazing and your honesty around being a new Mum is so refreshing,’ a follower penned.

While one said: ‘Amazing that people with a platform can make other women feel they are not alone, well done.’

Sienna is Millie and Hugo’s first child, with the pair tying the knot in 2018.

It has been a tough few months for the couple, after the wellness expert recently revealed she was forced to stop breastfeeding when her daughter was diagnosed with silent reflux – and explained the decision was an ‘emotional’ one.

‘A big development for Sienna (and for me) a few weeks ago was the realisation and confirmation that she has Silent Reflux,’ she told fans. 

‘She’d been displaying quite a few symptoms – distracted short breast feeds, crying every night, arching her back, going stiff, coughing and always trying to stand up. 

‘All of these symptoms were made worse when she started wearing her hip harness as she couldn’t stretch out her legs which is what many babies do in response to reflux.

‘I reminded myself that firstly it’s all about whatever is best for Sienna and secondly I am so grateful for the 4 months of beautiful bonding we shared during our feeding times (it’s not a given for everyone) I was at peace with whatever need to be done in order to make Sienna comfortable.’

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