Gemma Atkinson shares ‘worst fear as a parent’ as she navigates bullying risks

Gemma Atkinson’s baby son Thiago is barely three months old, but the fiercely protective mother is already envisaging what she’d do if he was bullied.

Taking to Instagram, she shared video footage from the Rocky V movie, featuring the star rushing to the defence of an injured man and quipping: “You knocked him down, why don’t you try knockin’ me down?”

“This is gonna be me if Tio ever gets bullied,” she told her 1.9 million followers, adding: “It’s my worst fear as a parent. Can’t imagine.”

The 38-year-old, who is celebrating her birthday later this month, added that, as a mum of two kids under five, the daunting prospect of one of them getting bullied now regularly occupies her mind.

After sharing the video clip, the former Strictly star added: “Jokes aside though, genuinely I think about it most days – esp with Mia as she’s so sensitive.

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“When I found out [Gorka Marquez and I] were having a boy, one of my first thoughts was, well at least lads when they fall out usually just have a scrap and then it’s all forgotten about.

“Girls can be manipulative, can’t they, in that they say horrible things to each other.”

She added sympathetically: “In my experience, typical bullies are usually having a hard time at home so half of you feels for them.

“Christ, it’s a real minefield, isn’t it? No-one warns you of this before becoming a parent. What to do?” (sic)

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Gemma also shared footage of four-year-old Mia cooing over her baby brother as she stood over his pram, joking: “Soaking this time up before she can’t be a***d with him!”

Meanwhile, the Hits Radio star, who is well known for her expertise as a fitness influencer, has gently begun to ease back into her fitness program following the pain of her C-section.

“I remember hobbling out of bed holding my stomach as it was so painful to sit up naturally [and] having a cushion near me to squeeze onto my scar if I was coughing or sneezing,” she recalled.

She added that she’d even struggled to open the freezer door because the exertion painfully stretched her scar, meaning that her mum or partner Gorka usually came to the rescue.

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Gemma shared footage of herself doing a cardio and glutes exercise session in her home gym this weekend in a bid to inspire other mums.

“I’m still nowhere near lifting what I was pre Thiago. I’ve still a lot to do strength wise but I’ll get there,” she declared.

“To be honest it just feels great to be moving as 15 weeks ago I couldn’t see myself where I am today. It’s crazy where our heads go after a baby.”

She then added: “I hope this video inspires you a little, and reminds you that your current situation isn’t your final destination! Keep going!”

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