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Melissa Suffield has been praised for proudly showing off her post-baby body as she celebrates her "fat and rolls" after welcoming her first child.

The 28 year old gave birth to her and fiancé Robert Brendan's first child, a son named River, in March 2020 and has since spoken openly about her journey towards loving her body.

Former EastEnders star Melissa, who played Lucy Beale on the hit soap, shared a stunning image of herself sat in her back garden wearing a figure-hugging red dress.

She admitted to her 17,000 Instagram followers: "I almost didn’t post this. Fat and rolls spilling over the top of the thick waistband of a pair of Robert's pants, the dress clinging to it.

"The angle I'm sat at, that's accentuating my lower half and messing with my proportions. I could probably sit and dissect this photo for ages.

"But I won't. We're so conditioned to pick out our flaws, and then just stop there.

"And it can be so hard to see past them once we’ve acknowledged them, and it just leaves us feeling so much less than.


"I'll see a photo of me, and be gutted when I don't look as good as I thought I did in the real world — that's bonkers!

"Surely the real world is what matters, not the photos we take on those days.

"Capturing memories is a beautiful thing, but it's important to remember that they're nothing compared to the memory itself.

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"I felt fierce that day, and no photo is going to make me feel otherwise," she continued alongside a dancing lady emoji.

"Also, omg GALS. Boys pants are so great that thick waistband is an absolute winner," she concluded.

Fans of the blonde beauty were quick to compliment the star, with one writing: "Whereas I looked at this and thought how beautiful you looked."

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A second wrote: "I feel that all the time about photos of me. I'm happy with my mum body until I see pictures and then I hate it.

"Crazy right. For the record thought, you look beautiful in the photo. Thank you for posting it."

Whilst a third commented: "Just wanted you to know the first thing I personally noticed about this photo was your beautiful face then the sexy red dress, then the mysterious look your pulling off…. in fact your belly didn't even cross my mind."

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