Step-mum Emily Andre slams blended family critics: Youd think people would understand

Step-mum Emily Andre slams blended family critics: Youd think people would understand

05/03/2022

Emily Andre has slammed those who criticis blended families.

Writing in her weekly OK! column, the NHS doctor – who is mum to Amelia, eight, and Theo, five, and step-mum to Junior, 16, and Princess, 14 – spoke out after Stacey Solomon admitted "old fashioned narratives" had left her putting off trying on wedding dresses. Here, she also praises Laura Whitmore for filming Love Island whilst dealing with mastitis and opens up about the HRT shortage in the UK. Sign up – for free! – to see what she has to say.

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Stacey Deserves to Enjoy Wedding Planning

It was lovely to see Stacey Solomon trying on dresses for her upcoming wedding to Joe Swash.

She admitted that she had been putting the day off as she felt “weird” about trying them on as she’s “not the Virgin Mary”.

Stacey said on Instagram: “I wouldn’t have done life any other way EVER. I’m so grateful for how it turned out and I genuinely believe everything happens for a reason. I suppose sometimes those old-fashioned narratives make you feel that way don’t they?”

Millie was 18 months old when we got married and I never felt this way.

I loved the planning, trying on dresses and the day itself. To me it didn’t make any difference whether I had kids already or not, but it’s such an individual thing and everyone feels differently about it.

Stacey has previously spoken about feeling “ashamed” when she fell pregnant at the age of 17 with her son Zach, while she’s also been trolled for having three sons by three different dads.

It’s not uncommon for people to have blended families nowadays and you think people would be more understanding of that, but trolls will always have something to say.

I’m glad she ended up enjoying trying on the dresses. She should ignore what people say and just enjoy every moment of the process!

I'm Impressed By Laura

Laura Whitmore has opened up about how “hard” it was filming Love Island whilst she had mastitis from breastfeeding her daughter.

She said: “We were doing the first show of the coupling up. I had mastitis, so I had a fever. I had great big hard boobs, one bigger than the other.

"In one way though, it kind of took away the pressure, there were other things I was worrying about rather than the telly side. But yeah, it was hard. It was work and it was full on because you’re balancing everything.”

I really take my hat off to Laura, I’m not sure how she worked while also dealing with that.

I got mastitis three times whist breastfeeding Theo and I definitely wouldn’t have been able to work as I felt awful.

I was really ill, I had a fever and was on antibiotics. I didn’t even put on make-up or wear normal clothes for ages, so the fact she went on TV is so impressive.

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Gwyneth's Menopause Mentor

Gwyneth Paltrow has revealed she’s set to hire a “mentor” to help guide her through the menopause and share tips.

There isn’t much support out there for women when it comes to the menopause, even on the NHS, so it’s not surprising to hear women are looking for help in any way they can.

There has also been criticism of the amount of menopause training that doctors receive at medical school, as it is not compulsory in all universities.

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If you think about the big deal we make around girls starting their period, I don’t think we talk about the menopause in the same way or as easily.

There are so many women I speak to who say they didn’t know what so it’s definitely something that needs to be highlighted.

There is also currently a HRT (Hormone replacement theraoy) shortage in the UK which means women who are going through the menopause are having an even harder time.

Some women are selling their HRT supply or sharing it with other women. HRT can be life-changing for some so I really hope the shortage is sorted out soon and these women can get the help they need.

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