After Gemma Atkinson poses for Women’s Health UK, Aprils issue, fans started accusing her of editing her cesarean scar and her stretch marks out. Fans are pointing out that it is not okay to edit her photos because she talks about her body changes after birth.
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The news is out: @glouiseatkinson is our April cover star! We're so thrilled to have Gemma and her brilliant attitude towards health and fitness taking centre stage in our latest issue. "My body doesn’t look like it did before. It’s changed after having a baby, but that made me more determined to do [the shoot] – my body is not better or worse, just different. Maybe it’s important to show that to other women?" Hit the LINK IN BIO to read why Gemma reckons she's at least 3% JLo 💃 _ Workout with Gemma at Women’s Heath Live (3-5 April)- use GEMMA10 for 10% off general access tickets. hearstlive.co.uk/womenshealth/
The famous actress gave birth to her daughter, Mia, last July, and since then, she is a fitness fanatic and works hard every day.
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Back to it today! My last training session was in Bilbao and I absolutely indulged over Christmas so this morning’s session was always going to be tough. People have asked me if I train over Christmas and the answer is No. I know people that do, and I know people that don’t 🤷🏼♀️ Everyone has their own mind and should decide what they want to do, but they should also be accountable for it. A lot of people decide not to train and eat loads over Christmas only to feel bad or guilty about it. Or even worse, they blame those that do decide to train for “making them feel bad” I sat on my couch Christmas Eve watching home alone with ice cream while a mate of mine FaceTimed me on her way back from the gym. Did I feel bad? Hell no! Did I accuse her of potentially “making me feel bad” absolutely not! It was my choice! I’ve said it a million times DO WHAT YOU WANT TO DO! It’s your life. Don’t sit and moan about the results you didn’t get with the work you didn’t put in or the clean foods you chose not to eat. But also, on the other hand don’t put others down for choosing to live differently from you and your training regime. It’s extremely rare that one plan will fit all. If you want to train, cool! If you don’t want to train, cool! I do it because I feel better in myself for it. My energy levels improve and I’m in an all around better mood for me and my family. I enjoyed my down time for the last week but I started to feel sluggish, bloated and just a bit Blurgh 😖 So that for me is my sign to get myself back on the clean foods and back to “my therapy”… My training.
Gemma decided to share her “not impressed” face on Instagram, captioning the photo everything she had in mind. “My scar is around 8cm long and low down below my knicker line,” Gemma wrote. She added that this means she would have to show her privates so the scar would be visible on pictures.
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My face when I’m accused of “faking pics” because you can’t see my C section scar or stretch marks. Seriously. 🤦🏼♀️ On my latest post in my shoot for WH (Which I love btw!) a lot of people have DM’d me or commented on articles and my page that my pics must be airbrushed because my scar or stretch marks aren’t visible. Now I’m no expert but I’m assuming C sections are dependant on a lot of things. The size & position of your baby & your surgeon being a few of them. Mia was under 5lb. Tiny! She was low down & engaged but couldn’t be pushed out so she was cut out instead 🤷🏼♀️ My scar is around 8cm long and low down below my knicker line. For me to show it on pictures id quite frankly be showing you the top of my vagina! 😂 Now onto stretch marks. I didn’t get any on my tummy. I got a few faint white ones on the top of my bum cheeks but I had some there before Mia. I think I actually got them in high school… Again, I’m no expert but I’m told regardless of lotions & potions they come down to the elasticity in our skin and how quickly our bumps grow. My mum didn’t get any on her tummy & neither did my sister so maybe genetics play a role too. Who knows 🤷🏼♀️ Should woman who have them be made to feel bad and apologise? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Should woman who didn’t get them be made to feel guilty & apologise? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Motherhood is physically different for every single female body and we are all in our own way just trying to deal with it. My one wish, especially now being a role model for Mia, is for us to all feel secure in our own bodies, because life’s too short and we all deserve to be happy. Unfortunately I don’t know what the answer is to making that happen. What I do know, is that looking for “flaws” or trying to bring others down won’t make you feel any better. There’s enough room for us all to shine & be our best selves! I was going to post a pic of my scar as proof it’s actually there, but then I thought, No. The negative people aren’t getting that. My scar is for me, Gorks and Mia. Our imperfect reminder of how lucky we are to have our family 👨👩👦❤️
“Now onto stretch marks. I didn’t get any on my tummy. I got a few faint white ones on the top of my bum cheeks but I had some there before Mia,” she continued. She claims, lotion, fitness, and genetics made a huge part in her flawless look.
At the end of the post, she put out a big message: “Should woman who have them be made to feel bad and apologise? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Should woman who didn’t get them be made to feel guilty & apologise? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Motherhood is physically different for every single female body and we are all in our own way just trying to deal with it. “