Marina Fogle was shamed by smug mothers because she gave birth to

first_img“I remember someone saying to me ‘what a shame’,” she said. “I said: ‘What do you mean a shame? I have a baby who is alive, I’m so grateful to the medical profession for giving me this’. But people love to judge, they love to be smug about their own births. I don’t think that’s fair.”Mr Fogle, an adventurer and broadcaster, told the audience: “I know that we have had people say to us, ‘did we not feel robbed’ or that you [Marina] were a slight failure.”Asked why she thought women judged each other, Mrs Fogle said: “I think there is an innate competition. It is a bit like all girls schools, you know when you get a lot of girls in an environment together, with maybe a bit more time on their hands, it can turn into a really bitchy situation and I wonder if that’s just girls overthinking it.” The couple have two children togetherCredit:BPH / XPX People love to judge, they love to be smug about their own births. I don’t think that’s fairMarina Fogle Mrs Fogle, who now runs antenatal courses with her sister, who is a doctor, has previously spoken about her heartbreak at the stillbirth of her third child 32 weeks into her pregnancy.During the talk about her new book, The Bump Class, she also spoke out about the amount of pressure on new mothers to get back into shape.“I think this whole strive for perfection is quite suffocating actually for this generation,” she said. “You have people being able to curate their image really well on social media, it’s sort of bragging but it’s acceptable because it’s on Instagram, which is a bit odd.”She added that mothers should be able to talk about being imperfect or tired without being criticised. Marina and Ben Fogle Marina Fogle has revealed she was shamed by “smug” mothers and told she was a failure because she gave birth to her children via caesarian section.Mrs Fogle, 37, said she was approached by a number of critical women including one who told her it was a “shame” she didn’t have a natural birth.Speaking at Henley Literary Festival, the businesswoman, who has two children, Iona and Ludo, with her husband Ben Fogle, said she was shocked at some people’s attitudes and called for women to be kinder to each other. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img


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