Kate Ferdinand has said she has "plucked up the courage" to share an honest post-baby body snap.
The 29-year-old welcomed her newborn son Cree into the world in December - her first child with husband Rio Ferdinand.
She is already step-mum to the former Manchester United star's children Lorenz, 14, Tate, 12 and nine-year-old Tia who he shared with late wife Rebecca.
But Kate has now bravely opened up to fans and admitted she "doesn't love" her post-baby body.
The former reality star shared a mirror selfie on Thursday as she held her baby boy.
She wrote: "Ahhh ... nerves kicking in again, but here goes. Let's talk post pregnancy body.
"I’ve really held off on uploading any pictures with my body in because last time I did, for some reason, I felt all types of nerves and ended up deleting it ... hormones, or the pressure of Instagram to look a certain way? Who knows, but either way, I’ve finally plucked up the courage. Here I am."
She continued: "I'm finally starting to slowly feel more like 'me' again, but it hasn’t been plain sailing.
"I was seeing lots of ladies, and I salute you, saying they love and embrace their post pregnancy body; I wish I felt like that but in all honesty ... I love that my body produced our baby BUT quite frankly, I don’t love my post baby body. I miss feeling fit & strong!"
The fitness fan went on to discuss the pressure she felt to 'bounce back' after being heavily into exercise before and during her pregnancy.
"As women, our bodies go through so much & I feel like there is so much pressure to 'bounce back' when it’s just not realistic, especially with a newborn," she went on.
"I mean how tough is it to find the energy to exercise?
"Some days I am like a machine working out, walking, eating healthy and feeling on top of the world and other days (like yesterday) I haven’t found time for the exercise and I’m caught tucking my head in the sweet cupboard looking for some sugar in the hope it will keep me awake.
"I've been spending some time on the @peanut app the past few weeks reading conversations from other women on how they have coped with body changes, and I'm learning that it's ok if you don't love your post baby body.
"It's amazing if you love your post baby body but it’s also ok and normal if you don’t. It doesn't mean you haven’t loved the process of bringing your child into the world and it's ok to want to feel back to the ‘old you’. It doesn’t mean we love our children any less.. (Although in all honesty, I’m not sure I will never not feel tired.
"One thing I love about the @peanut app is being able to have honest conversations with other mums about all sorts of topics. It's helped me normalise my feelings, especially on bad days when I’m struggling. It’s the most amazing online community that has really helped me through the minefield of motherhood! I encourage any mums, mums-to-be or women trying for babies to join."
And fans have been flooding Kate's post with messages.
"You look truly fabulous! To be honest I didn’t even notice you (no offence lol) I was looking at your beautiful bubba thinking how much he’s grown! Well done you," one wrote.
Another said: "You look and are awesome."
"You look incredible and you are rocking being a mum," a third added.
Another commented: "I think you look absolutely incredible and I admire your honesty thank you."
Doting stepmum Kate has been sharing her journey after giving birth for the first time with open and honest posts on her Instagram.