A mother claims she was trolled by her friends after sharing a photo with her newborn online with a full face of make-up in a restaurant only just four days after giving birth. 27-year-old Sophie Attwood, welcomed her daughter Isla Josephine Lewis via c-section, however she made to touch up her make-up during contractions.
After giving birth on January 19, Sophie shared a photo of herself looking glamorous four days later while at a restaurant with her fiancé, Daniel Lewis. Naturally she was stunned when she received nasty messages from people – including her friends – questioning why she was out and about so quickly.
Despite being sleep deprived she was felling proud of herself after she managed to leave the house despite being sleep deprived, she posted online: “Haven’t slept in four days and I’m in agony behind the smile but I’m officially OUT of the house.
“I was going stir crazy! It’s so frustrating with a c section as your brain is totally fine and you want to get out and explore with your wonderful new person – but alas, your body hurts so much.”
Sophie, from Staffordshire, says the trip helped her avoid “cabin fever” by getting out of the “newborn bubble”.
However she received a backlash from others, who questioned why she was wearing make-up and high heeled boots so soon after having Isla, who was slightly premature and weighed 5lbs 11oz.
Sophie explains: “I received direct messages like, ‘Why the hell are you out of the house so soon? Take time, you need to spend this time with your baby’.
“‘Four days and you have a full face of make-up?! Lol where do your priorities lie?’ and ‘you have the rest of your life to go out and you’re spending these first few precious days in a restaurant! Ridiculous!’
“My friends began comparing themselves to me and saying that they felt pressured to do what I was doing, but I told them it just gave me a sense of normality and made me feel human again!”
She remarked there’s no “right or wrong” way of doing things, and everyone should do what they feel is best for them.
The PR managing director claims beauty is her “war paint”, she even spent 15 minutes topping up her make-up on route to the hospital, while having contractions.
She claims it helped her feel as if she was “preparing for battle”, while she endured an eight-hour labour and then an emergency cesarean as Isla was in breech. She left hospital the same way she entered – in a full face of make-up – admitting she got some “dodgy” looks from other parents.
Sophie says she put some thought into how she would announce her daughter to her 10,600 followers on Instagram, even flicking through the social media site for inspiration during labour.
Asda Little Angels research would prove Sophie isn’t alone, while one in five new mums posting a photo on social media within an hour of them being born.
She admits to have felt “pressure” to look good immediately after birth, although after welcoming her daughter she confirmed she waited a few hours before posting anything.
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