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Brittany Cartwright is getting real about the struggle to embrace her new body.
Earlier this week, the "Vanderpump Rules" star told Us Weekly she "cried a lot" after having her pregnant and postpartum body compared to her reality-TV co-stars. The 32-year-old, who welcomed her first child, Cruz Michael Cauchi, last month, said it's been "hard" to enjoy motherhood after receiving hurtful comments from followers online about her appearance.
Cartwright revealed that since she and her husband, Jax Taylor, welcomed their son, she has had to come to grips with her body's changes.
"I don't even know how, but my body is completely different. It's going to be a long journey for me to get back to my weight," she said.
Throughout her pregnancy, Cartwright was often compared to co-stars Stassi Shroeder, Scheana Shay and Kent, all of whom recently became mothers for the first time.
"I was being heavily compared to Stassi and Scheana and Lala. I've always been bigger than them, but my weight has always fluctuated and stuff," she explained. "So it was just hard to see all those comments about my weight stuff when I was healthy and the baby was healthy."
The comparisons took a toll on the Kentucky native, who admits she let the negativity online get the best of her at times.
"You're already so emotional," Cartwright added. "Then, like, I was in quarantine, I was home, so I was looking at my phone more than I should have. There were times when it made me ashamed of how I looked, and I shouldn't have felt like that."
This isn't the first time that the mother-of-one has spoken out about criticism over her figure. Back in December, she hit back at the haters by sharing an inspirational Instagram post.
"I deserve to post this with pride. I am so proud of my body for creating my son. I have had days where I let negative comments from strangers get me down, but why!? I am growing a perfect and healthy human being who I have only dreamed of my entire life," she wrote.
Cartwright told fans she wanted to "respect" her body and choose to focus on how "lucky" and "blessed" she is to be able to be pregnant.
"I am feeling very lucky and emotional to have this opportunity to be a mom and I will no longer let trolls influence my happiness," she said.