Olivia Bowen and Alex Bowen have insisted that parents need support not judgement after they received negative comments the minute they announced they were having a baby.
Love Island stars Olivia, 28, and Alex, 30, who revealed back on New Year's Day this year they are expecting their first child, have even been judged for their career choices since sharing their baby news.
The couple, who have now joined C&G baby club #LoveDontJudge campaign to end parental judgementbefore it starts, insisted that you've got to "laugh off" the negative comments and "focus on all the positives" instead.
Speaking exclusively to OK! about some of the judgement they have received, Olivia said: "We both received some negative comments the minute we announced that we were having a baby.
"We've been in the biz long enough to not let it affect us too much though, but people forget that I’m still me even though I’m growing a baby.
"This is only a tiny number compared to the huge amount of positive messages and support we’ve received though, people have been so kind and sweet.
"It’s so common to be judged whether you’re in the public eye or not and it really shouldn’t be like that. Parents need support, not judgement!"
While Alex said: "I’ve received some judgement around DJing whilst Liv is pregnant. But it’s my job and is what I enjoy so I just have to laugh it off and focus on all the positives."
He added: "People also don’t know the conversations we have privately, so we’re just going to carry on doing us and navigate our way as parents as we go."
While Olivia said of the judgement she has received for her career: "I’ll never understand it to be honest, but we just carry on with our lives. We love what we do and wouldn’t want to be doing anything else."
Talking about how they deal with the judgement, OIivia said: "I really see my social media place as my 'home'. I like to think of it as when I invite people in they need to be respectful, and if they’re not, they leave. So I just block the haters haha.
"You must look after and take care of yourself, take some time out to be happy. See friends or take some time out to chill. I like to surround myself with positive people, don’t be afraid to remove the negative influences from your life."
Talking about being part of C&G baby club #LoveDontJudge campaign, Olivia said: "We’re so excited to be a part of this campaign. Having experienced plenty of judgement first-hand since announcing my pregnancy, I’m aware of how much it can affect mums.
"Especially when it’s your first time, you have no idea what you’re doing! I’m so grateful to have this safe space that I can turn to for advice and reassurance that you’re doing the right thing.
"As soon as we joined C&G baby club, we were amazed by just how much information on pretty much every parenting-related topic was there. We really want to shout about this as it has been such a helpful resource for us as soon to be parents… and it's free!"
Talking about why it is important to them, Olivia added: "I’m super excited to be a mum, but naturally I’m feeling pretty anxious about it, so having this space is important to me.
"There are so many helpful articles on there which makes things easier and put my mind at ease. We’ve also found throughout the experience everyone often asks ‘how the mum is doing’ and ‘how’s mum’, with little about the dads.
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"Coming into this I really wanted support for Alex too as I know he’s nervous about certain things, like how to support during the birth, which is something that C&G baby club isn’t short of – there is even a dedicated dads and partners section!"
While Alex added: "Yeah, it’s all stuff that I can really relate to and is stuff that I’m a bit nervous about myself, being a first-time dad so what’s why we’re so happy to be part of this campaign."
Olivia and Alex have joined the C&G baby club #LoveDontJudge campaign to end parental judgement before it starts. For more information and to join the club for free, visit CGbabyclub.co.uk.
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