Australian fitness influencer Tammy Hembrow has come out swinging after comedian Celeste Barber called her postpartum body photos and videos ‘dangerous’.

Tammy, who gave birth to her third baby just two weeks ago, shared a video of herself standing in front of a mirror, with the following caption:

“12 days Postpartum. I Stayed as active as possible before & during my pregnancy on my @tammyhembrowfitness programs. I honestly feel like my core was at its best in my whole life just before I fell pregnant with Posy so I’m excited to see what I can do this time round after baby number 3! Can’t wait to get into some hard & heavy TammyFit at 6 weeks.”

The 28-year-old also added: “PSA. Every mother’s postpartum journey is different ! Please DO NOT be hard on yourself or compare yourself to others. We all have different genes, different lifestyles, different circumstances etc. That being said I work & have worked extremelyyy hard & want nothing more than to motivate & inspire you !”

However, despite the disclaimer, Celeste Barber still took the influencer to task on her Instagram stories.

Tammy Hembrow


Celeste re-sharing the video and writing: “No disrespect, well done on your success but this is dangerous. Women should NEVER feel as though they need to put on activewear and show off their bodies, to prove a point ESPECIALLY 12 days after having a baby. 12 DAYS!

“Jeez I was sh***ing in a bag and screaming into a pillow after having my babies. How we look is irrelevant,” Celeste continued. “Be kind to yourselves, moisturise your nipples and unfollow accounts that make you feel like sh*t!”

It prompted Tammy to share a series of photos on her Instagram account, with the caption: “This body created life x3!”She then directly addressed Celeste’s comments, stating: “& I’ll wear whatever I want @celestebarber.”

The post attracted thousands of comments, mostly in support of the mum-of-three.

“You’re amazing… your are an incredible beautiful NATURAL WOMAN AND MOTHER. Shame on anyone shaming I just don’t get it,” commented beauty content creator CC Clarke.

“@celestebarber no disrespect LOL, but you literally make a living taking the piss out of woman all around the world. Toxic Af. Take a seat,” added Monique Camille.

Tammy Hembrow Reveals Baby Daughter’s Name

Tammy Hembrow has revealed the super sweet, and very unique name of her baby daughter. The 28-year-old model welcomed her first child with fiancé Matt Poole in June, but kept the name of her third child under wraps, until now. Sharing a gorgeous photo of her precious newborn, she revealed her name is Posy.

Tammy Hembrow Baby Girl

Her proud dad also shared a beautiful image holding his baby girl with the caption, ‘Posy Poole’. The mum-of-three says her new daughter’s birth was her ‘hardest yet’.

She shared a series of intimate photos of her labouring and the minutes following her daughter’s birth, saying. “The absolute hardest yet most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. An unmedicated VBA2C. No words. Birth story to come. For now just resting in my love bubble with my perfect little girl.”




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Matt also shared some images on his Instagram account, saying, “Our little girl, perfect in every way. Mum was incredible and so strong. It’s been a roller coaster twenty four hours but welcoming her into the world has made everything better. She’s beautiful, 12 fingers and all.”

Tammy Hembrow reveals her baby will be born with extra fingers

Earlier on in her pregnancy, Tammy revealed her baby will be born with 12 fingers, after inheriting a condition that runs in her family.

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“So basically the baby has what I had when I was born, which is 12 fingers,” Tammy explains during the ultrasound. “Six fingers on each hand.”

The genetic condition, known as polydactyly or polydactylism, results in babies being born with extra fingers or toes. It’s a pretty common condition and runs in families, as it does it Tammy’s.

The model and mum-of-two explained that her sisters, brother and mum all had extra fingers when they were born. But she said it skipped her oldest two children. “It skips a few people, like it skipped Wolf and Sass, but this baby has 12 fingers. Isn’t it crazy?” she said.

The extra fingers are usually small and not well developed, and the most common treatment is for the extra digits to be removed. Tammy has previously shared that she didn’t even know she was born with extra fingers until she was 12-years-old, because they were removed when she was a baby.

Tammy Hembrow fingers

The fitness guru, who shares two children, son Wolf and daughter Saskia with her ex-fiancé Reece Hawkins, came under fire during her pregnancy, after flying overseas while eight months pregnant.

She and her family holidayed in the Maldives, and followers were quick to criticise her late-pregnancy travel.

“I give you credit … if I traveled that far out pregnant I might end up having the baby just by self induced anxiety,” commented one follower.

“Wow you’re game to fly that pregnant,” wrote another. “There was no way I would risk having a baby overseas or on a plane.”

But Tammy brushed off the concern: “I’m only 32 weeks haha not about to have this baby on a plane,” she said.

But another mum continued: “Problem is its not always planned. Mine came at 33 weeks without warning. It’s so unpredictable with birth and we don’t know how good the healthcare is overseas. Your life your choice though, I’m more of a worry wart than most.”

According to Better Health, the safest time for travel during pregnancy is the second trimester, as long as there are no complications.

Smartraveller says most airlines won’t let you fly beyond 28 weeks of pregnancy, but every carrier has its own set of rules.

Tammy has since been sharing stunning images from her family babymoon, including snorkelling with sharks.

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  • Everybody’s body bounces back differently


  • Celeste makes a very valid point about following accounts that don’t make you feel good


  • Not all bodies react the same after giving birth to the most precious gift.


  • As long as she stays healthy and not overdo herself i don’t see a problem….I wished I could to that but I choosed to be with a baby and don’t worry about my body


  • I get that everyone is different but 12 days! Gee not sure it is sending a healthy message to all women out there.


  • Every woman is different and should live their lives their way. Lucky if you get back to what you were before having a baby, but don’t fret if it doesn’t happen. Especially after more than one birth. Take it easy on yourself while you are nurturing your gorgeous child.


  • I unintentionally went back to pre-pregnancy weight almost immediately after having my baby. I wasn’t thinking about my weight at all, it was just how it happened for me. Everyone is different and each person should focus on their own journey.


  • I simply can’t relate to her. I was bedridden at home 12 days after my son was born, unable to feed him, wash him, etc. I had to rely on others. And had to ease back in to life for fear or damaging my body after birth complications.


  • it defintiely doesnt help mums out there feel good about themselves thats for sure


  • She put a disclaimer but so many people feel self pressure to look thin and fit rather than enjoying and celebrating who they are. She should know this being a fitness icon.


  • I agree this is dangerous.


  • Women shouldn’t feel the pressure to look any way after having a baby, whether it be their first or their last baby. They should feel comfortable to just be themselves and enjoy spending time with thier newborn baby and bonding etc.


  • She’s 100% right. Everyones journey is different and it’s different with each child too. I bounced back super quickly after my first, quickly after my second, less so with my third and Ive never been the same after my fourth lol but honestly as mothers we all need to be super proud of our bodies and what they have achieved regardless of how fast/slow they recover.


  • I avoided looking at the mirror for months afterwards- I lost weight but my tummy was saggy. Some people are just lucky and you need to accept yourself for who you are.


  • As Tammy said, everybody’s postpartum journey is different.
    My situation when it came to exercise and moving around was very different after having both my children


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