Gemma Atkinson claps back at critics in powerful post after being mum-shamed

New mum Gemma Atkinson sent a powerful message to critics via Instagram [Photo: Instagram]

Gemma Atkinson, who welcomed her first child in July, is tired of being mum-shamed and took to Instagram to clap back at critics in a powerful post.

Not afraid to share her thoughts on unsolicited advice, the former actress shared a quote which reads: "On your mark, get set, go f**k yourself."

Alongside the not-so-subtle message, she listed a number of the criticisms she has received since giving birth to daughter Mia.

"She shouldn't have a dummy. It's not cold enough for a hat. I hope you're breast feeding. Get a proper pram. Can't believe you wake her to feed. She doesn't need two blankets," the 34-year-old wrote.

The list continued: "She shouldn't be around the dogs. Her head isn't supported on that. She's sat too low in the papoose. Put mittens on her. Can't believe you went out without her already."

Despite her daughter being less than eight-weeks-old, Atkinson went on to explain that she has been bombarded with criticism since becoming a new mum.

"I'm absolutely all for getting help and advice," she emphasised. "But there's ways to do it."

New mum Gemma Atkinson sent a powerful message to critics via Instagram [Photo: Instagram]

As for the quote, she advised that critics, who she refers to as "unqualified experts", print out the message and hang it on the wall next to their "perfect parent award".

Parents across the nation appreciated the post - which has since garnered over 110,200 likes - with a number of followers praising Atkinson's honesty.

"Good for you! Us parents are all finding our way," one wrote. "But it's our way and decisions we make that are right for us and our babies at the time... Well done on saying this at eight weeks! No time for unsupportive unhelpful cr**!"

Another agreed, adding: "Love this! I always say follow your gut instinct as a mother's intuition is always right. You're doing an amazing job."

While others took the opportunity to share their own experiences with mum-shaming in the past.

"Everyone is an expert on your baby. I found this out when I had my three, now they are 23, 19 and 17 so I'm glad I did what felt right for me and didn't listen to the 'know it all mums'," a fellow mother wrote. "You do what feels right for you and works for baby and f**k everyone else. You're doing great!"

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This picture was taken when Mia was 30hrs old. The weary smile on my face doesn’t quite portray how happy I was inside as 30hrs earlier, things could have gone very differently. Mia was a tiny baby, 4lb 10. With that in mind the midwife was concerned she wouldn’t be strong enough to open my cervix. My water broke on a tues & we gave her the benefit of the doubt but by the Wednesday evening despite her being in the perfect place & so low down, she still hadn’t managed it. The decision was made to induce me to help her along but she disliked that even more. With every contraction her heart rate dropped. On the 3rd one midwife Katie who was taking care of me at the time pressed the panic alarm & within 15 mins I was rushed out, prepped & delivered Mia via an emergency C section. It wasn’t what I’d planned but thanks to my hypnobirthing despite the madness & panic, I was able to calmly keep my breathing technique & accept whatever is best for Mia just do it! 2hrs later I was alone with Gorks & Mia blissfully happy in a ward when I suddenly felt extremely unwell. Gorka got a doctor and she took 1 look at me & again pressed the panic button. I was having a hemorrhage. A big one & I lost a lot of blood. 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. I woke in another room with Gorks & my family there, Mia sleeping soundly & a lovely midwife named Di who was checking my notes. The trauma was over & thanks to our NHS & incredible hospital staff we were ok. I’m fully aware for some people it’s a different outcome & I feel incredibly lucky that me & Mia are healthy & healed. My mum moved in with me while Gorks was away & has been incredible! If I can be half the mum she is to me I’ll be happy! I’m going to remind Mia of this story any time she has doubts about what she can achieve in life. The odds were against her from the start, but she’s been a little fighter from day 1. Feeds perfectly & is gaining weight like I do on an all inclusive holiday! We’re SO proud of her, she’s our little soldier & I’m so Grateful ❤️

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Another social media user stressed that she ignored a majority of critics during pregnancy and her son has gone on to be successful regardless.

"I winged it from day one and he graduated with a degree in politics and history recently. So waking him up to feed every two hours *with a bottle* (he was 4lb 14oz) never recognising whether his cry was hunger or attention seeking etc... Basically it did him no harm," she commented. "People should shove their opinions where the sun don't shine!"

Atkinson regularly shares refreshingly honest posts about motherhood via Instagram from details of her difficult c-section to ways in which she learned to embrace her post-partum body.

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Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez attending the TV Choice Awards 2018 held at The Dorchester, Park Lane, London. Picture credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
File photo dated 18/10/18 of Gemma Atkinson who has announced that she is expecting her first child with Strictly Come Dancing professional Gorka Marquez.
Gemma Atkinson, Alexandra Burke, Susan Calman, Davood Ghadami, Joe McFadden, Debbie McGee, Jonnie Peacock, Aljaz Skorjanec, Gorka Marquez, Kevin Clifton, Nadiya Bychkova, Katya Jones, Giovanni Pernice and Oti Mabus performing on stage during photocall before the opening night of Strictly Come Dancing Tour 2018 at Arena Birmingham in Birmingham, UK. Picture date: Thursday 18 January, 2018. Photo credit: Katja Ogrin/ EMPICS Entertainment.
Gemma Atkinson, Alexandra Burke, Susan Calman, Davood Ghadami, Joe McFadden, Debbie McGee, Jonnie Peacock, Aljaz Skorjanec, Gorka Marquez, Kevin Clifton, Nadiya Bychkova, Katya Jones, Giovanni Pernice, Oti Mabus and Ore Oduba posing during photocall before the opening night of Strictly Come Dancing Tour 2018 at Arena Birmingham in Birmingham, UK. Picture date: Thursday 18 January, 2018. Photo credit: Katja Ogrin/ EMPICS Entertainment.
File photo dated 18/01/18 of Gemma Atkinson who has announced that she is expecting her first child with Strictly Come Dancing professional Gorka Marquez.
File photo dated 18/10/18 of Gemma Atkinson who has announced that she is expecting her first child with Strictly Come Dancing professional Gorka Marquez.
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 29: Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez attend the Pride of Britain Awards 2018 at The Grosvenor House Hotel on October 29, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez walk hand in hand as Gemma Atkinson, Gethin Jones and Dave Vitty from The Hits Radio celebrates the airing of their first show on June 4, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Gemma Atkinson introduces Gorka Marquez to Gethin Jones and Dave Vitty from The Hits Radio as they celebrate the airing of their first show on June 4, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez walk hand in hand as Gemma Atkinson, Gethin Jones and Dave Vitty from The Hits Radio celebrates the airing of their first show on June 4, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 18: (L-R) Neil Jones, Gemma Atkinson, Alijaz Skorjanec, Chloe Hewitt, AJ Pritchard, Janette Manrara, Amy Dowden, Giovanni Pernice, Debbie McGee, Ore Oduba, Joe McFadden, Katya Jones, Alexandra Burke, Gorka Marquez, Oti Mabuse, Jonnie Peacock, Susan Calman, Kevin Clifton, Nadia Bychkova, Davood Ghadami and Dianne Buswell attend the 'Strictly Come Dancing' Live! photocall at Arena Birmingham, on January 18, 2018 in Birmingham, England. Ahead of the opening on 19th January 2018. The live show will be touring the United Kingdom until 11th February 2018. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 29: Gemma Atkinson attending the Pride of Britain Awards held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on October 29, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mark R. Milan/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 29: Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez attend the Pride of Britain Awards 2018 at The Grosvenor House Hotel on October 29, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Gemma Atkinson during the Pride Of Britain Awards 2018, in partnership with TSB, honouring the nation's unsung heroes and recognising the amazing achievements of ordinary people, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
LEEDS, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 18: Gemma Atkinson attends the Audio and Radio Industry Awards at First Direct Arena Leeds on October 18, 2018 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Andrew Benge/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Gethin Jones, Gemma Atkinson and Dave Vitty attend the TV Choice Awards at The Dorchester on September 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Gemma Atkinson during Hits Radio Live at Manchester Arena on July 14, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Gemma Atkinson joins Gethin Jones and Dave Vitty from The Hits Radio as they celebrate the airing of their first show on June 4, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Gemma Atkinson smiles as she joins Gethin Jones and Dave Vitty from The Hits Radio as they celebrate the airing of their first show on June 4, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 03: Gemma Atkinson arrives for lunch with the newly launch Hits Radio team on May 3, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 21: Gemma Atkinson attends The BRIT Awards 2018 held at The O2 Arena on February 21, 2018 in London, England. PHOTOGRAPH BY Jamy / Barcroft Images PHOTOGRAPH BY Jamy / Barcroft Images (Photo credit should read Jamy / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 18: Gemma Atkinson is seen backstage at the 'Strictly Come Dancing' Live! dress rehearsal at Arena Birmingham, on January 18, 2018 in Birmingham, England. Ahead of the opening on 19th January 2018, touring the United Kingdom until 11th February 2018. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 18: Gemma Atkinson and Alijaz Skorjanec attend the 'Strictly Come Dancing' Live! dress rehearsal at Arena Birmingham, on January 18, 2018 in Birmingham, England. Ahead of the opening on 19th January 2018, touring the United Kingdom until 11th February 2018. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 18: Gemma Atkinson and Alijaz Skorjanec attend the 'Strictly Come Dancing' Live! dress rehearsal at Arena Birmingham, on January 18, 2018 in Birmingham, England. Ahead of the opening on 19th January 2018, touring the United Kingdom until 11th February 2018. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 18: Gemma Atkinson and Alijaz Skorjanec attend the 'Strictly Come Dancing' Live! dress rehearsal at Arena Birmingham, on January 18, 2018 in Birmingham, England. Ahead of the opening on 19th January 2018, touring the United Kingdom until 11th February 2018. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 18: Gemma Atkinson attends the 'Strictly Come Dancing' Live! photocall at Arena Birmingham, on January 18, 2018 in Birmingham, England. Ahead of the opening on 19th January 2018, touring the United Kingdom until 11th February 2018. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 18: (L-R) Gemma Atkinson, Jonnie Peacock, Susan Calman and Alexandra Burke attend the 'Strictly Come Dancing' Live! photocall at Arena Birmingham, on January 18, 2018 in Birmingham, England. Ahead of the opening on 19th January 2018, touring the United Kingdom until 11th February 2018. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 18: Gemma Atkinson (L) and Alijaz Skorjanec attend the 'Strictly Come Dancing' Live! photocall at Arena Birmingham, on January 18, 2018 in Birmingham, England. Ahead of the opening on 19th January 2018. The live show will be touring the United Kingdom until 11th February 2018. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Gemma Atkinson (left) and Oti Mabuse during the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour Launch held at Arena Birmingham. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 14: Gemma Atkinson arrives at BBC Broadcasting House for The Strictly Come Dancing Final Press Conference on December 14, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by SAV/GC Images)
BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 18: Gemma Atkinson and Aljaz Skorjanec seen arriving at rehearsals at the Tower Ballroom on November 18, 2017 in Blackpool, England. (Photo by GC Images/GC Images)
RETRANSMITTED CORRECTING SPELLING OF ALJAZ Strictly Come Dancing contestant Gemma Atkinson and her dance partner Aljaz Skorjanec arriving at the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool, ahead of this weekend's show. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 09: Gemma Atkinson hosts with Strictly Come Dancing partner Aljaz Skorjanec at Key 103 Live at Manchester Arena on November 9, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage)
BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 04: Gemma Atkinson (L) and Alijaz Skorjanec attend the Strictly Come Dancing for BBC Children in Need photocall at Elstree Studios on November 4, 2017 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 28: Brian Conley and Gemma Atkinson attend the 'Strictly Come Dancing 2017' red carpet launch at Broadcasting House on August 28, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 28: Brian Conley and Gemma Atkinson attend the 'Strictly Come Dancing 2017' red carpet launch at Broadcasting House on August 28, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 28: Reverend Richard Coles and Gemma Atkinson attend the 'Strictly Come Dancing 2017' red carpet launch at Broadcasting House on August 28, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 25: Gemma Atkinson attends the National Television Awards at The O2 Arena on January 25, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 18: Gemma Atkinson attends the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year at Resorts World on December 18, 2016 in Birmingham, England. PHOTOGRAPH BY Jules Annan / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftimages.com (Photo credit should read Jules Annan / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 13: Gemma Atkinson seen at Last night's Wish Upon A Sparkle Launch event at On The 7th Media City Private Members Club organized by Ledigo PR with special guest's Kym Marsh, Gemma Atkinson and Sam Reece on December 13, 2016 in Manchester, England. PHOTOGRAPH BY Carla Speight / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftmedia.com (Photo credit should read Carla Speight / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: Brooke Vincent and Gemma Atkinson (R) attend Key 103 Christmas Live at Manchester Arena on December 9, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shirlaine Forrest/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 05: Gemma Atkinson arrives for the TVChoice Awards at The Dorchester on September 5, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Gemma Atkinson shows off her stunning figure at The ITV Studios on July 28, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by SAV/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 28: Gemma Atkinson attends the British Soap Awards 2016 at Hackney Empire on May 28, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 20: Gemma Atkinson attends the 21st National Television Awards at The O2 Arena on January 20, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
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