Four days after the birth of her baby girl on Jan 19 the 27-year-old dared to get all dressed up and go out to enjoy a meal with her fiancé.

The mum says getting out of the house helped her avoid “cabin fever”, but not everyone agreed!

Some people were even horrified that she would even consider putting on a full face of make-up mere days after having a child.

Sophie, a PR managing director from Staffordshire, shared a photo of herself on social media following her evening out – but she wasn’t prepared for the reaction it provoked.

The mum-of-one claims her picture was met with a wave of cruel messages from people telling her she shouldn’t have left the house.

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Speaking to Mail Online she said: “I was surprised by the negative reaction. People, including my friends, started to question why I was out of the house, wearing make-up and not spending time at home in the newborn bubble.

“I received direct messages like, ‘Four days and you have a full face of make-up?! Lol where do your priorities lie?’ and, ‘You have the rest of your life to go out and your are spending these first few precious days in a restaurant! Ridiculous!'”

Sophie says close pals began telling her they felt pressured to look as good as she did after giving birth, but she told them that putting make-up on just gave her a “sense of normality” and made her feel human again.

In a recent post to her 10.7k followers on Instagram , she revealed why she had decided to speak out about the harsh reactions to her photo and her message to the critics is powerful.

She wrote: “I thought about it and I realised that if I could make just one new mama realise that you can do WHATEVER THE HELL YOU WANT TO – and maybe make another taste their words before spitting them out – then [it] would be worth doing.

“Motherhood is hard – with mascara on or not – so let’s back each other all the way and support each other instead.”

How soon after birth did you wear makeup and feel pretty again?

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  • I never wear make up so that’s not an issue for me. If she wants to enjoy a dinner out, has the time to apply make up, why the hell not! Life changes when you have babies, it doesn’t stop. Go for it love!


  • Why not when this makes her feel good ?


  • It took me weeks, but I don’t see why that means other people can’t do it faster. She’s living her life, I’m living mine.


  • If I hadn’t slept for 4 days I wouldn’t have the energy to go out. She made an effort to look nice (and conceal her tiredness). However I would be worried about coming into contact with somebody who had a contagious illness before my baby developed any immunity. It’s risky enough going food shopping. She probably spent a lot of time home prior to the birth of her baby so feels she needs to escape for long enough for a romantic dinner. 35 years ago Mums spent longer in hospital than they do now. The Mum and Dad left the baby in the hospital nursery and went out to dinner the night before Mum and baby went home. The Mum had to be back by a certain time. It was standard practise.


  • look at her looking all happy and feeding her baby, what a horrible mother she is!OMG people seriously need to get a grip! I am pretty sure she hasn’t left her baby starving and in a poopy nappy so she can put her face on, babies sleep a lot remember! I wen’t on a road trip to pick up my step kids as soon as bub was released from hospital, 6 weeks cooped up in hospital/nursery was enough captivity for me!


  • If she has the energy to go out and wear make up, fantastic. Let her do her! I wish i felt as good to be able to go out. I felt like i was in a prison for months at home


  • Good on her! Maybe she has a fantastic support group that allows her the time to make her self feel good! I’m sure her baby isn’t neglected whilst she puts on her make up. A baby doesn’t need to be held 24/7 and even if some do, it doesn’t/shouldn’t fall to just one person.


  • She can do what she wants, when she wants and wear make up doing it. Sounds like jealous ladies to me!

    • I agree – sounds like a whole lot of jealousy!
      Women need to support each other and not tear each other to pieces.


  • Seriously! After giving birth all women deserve a night out!
    I am surprised that even her friends were unkind and judgmental.
    Dressing in clothes that make you feel good and going out for a meal is not crime – she has a lifetime with her child.


  • Each to their own. I dont normally wear make up unless I am going out somewhere special like a wedding or an event but I would not judge another mum for wanting to look good.
    Most days i look like crap and I think i should put a bit of eye liner or powder on so I dont look like death warmed up, but I dont because I just dont find the time to do it.


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