Amy Childs has retaliated against accustations that she’s been drinking alcohol during her pregnancy, after images emerged in the press of the reality star enjoying a glass of bubbly.
Amy, 26, took to Instagram to set the record straight, assuring fans that the drink she had been enjoying in the paparazzi shots was alcohol-free.
Sharing a picture of the bottle in question, she wrote: ‘So it seems I’ve been criticised following a set of photos which surfaced yesterday. I’m pretty hurt that people would think I am the sort of person who would put my baby at risk.’
‘Under no circumstances would I ever do that. Being a mum is something I’ve dreamt of for so long and I wouldn’t ruin it for an act of selfishness.’
‘The pictures you are all referring to have been taken way out of context. I’m a girl that loves a glass of fizz, but since finding out I was pregnant I’ve not gone near a drop of alcohol.’
‘Instead, I’ve found a non-alcholic version of my favourite drink (prosecco) @scavirayuk which means I can still enjoy myself and have a chat with my friends over a drink! I hope this clears it up for anyone that was doubting me. I will always put my baby first. 💞💞’
Fans were quick to send the former TOWIE cast member messages of support, with many pregnant followers sympathising with her plight.
‘I get funny looks when I am buying wine for my husband just because I am buying doesn’t mean I am drinking it 😡’ one commented, whilst another agreed: ‘I’m 36 weeks pregnant and took my husband wine tasting last week and got awful looks from other women when I was drinking elderflower sparkle, non alcoholic of course. Some people are too quick to judge #doesmyheadin’
‘It even says alcohol free on the bottle…’ a third pointed out. ‘Silly people.’
The current NHS advice on drinking alcohol during pregnancy reads: ‘The Chief Medical Officers for the UK recommend that if you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant, the safest approach is not to drink alcohol at all to keep risks to your baby to a minimum.’
‘Drinking in pregnancy can lead to long-term harm to the baby, with the more you drink, the greater the risk.’