They're two of TOWIE's favourites and now Georgia Kousoulou and Tommy Mallet have taken the leap into the new chapter of their lives with their own reality show on ITVBe.
Georgia & Tommy: Baby Steps, is a two-part series that lets cameras get a behind the scenes look into their lives, a month before their baby boy is due to arrive. It follows the couple as they move into their new house, adjust to last-minute changes in the birthing plan, and get all of their questions about labour answered.
We spoke to new mum Georgia ahead of the new show...
"I'm so excited to watch it," Georgia tells us. "You can expect to see the raw reality of two people becoming parents that have never even held a baby. I'm so happy because that's how I wanted it." She insists that people will see a completely different side to herself and her partner Tommy.
"We've always been told, 'You're so relatable on Towie' but this is just a different level. I'm a bit scared because I've been that honest. I think people are going to see a more vulnerable side, I really let my guard down. It's just an emotional roller coaster after you have a baby. And it's all on there, it captures all the little moments."
Viewers will get to find out all about Georgia's c-section and the birth of baby Brody.
"The birth was actually amazing. I loved every moment of it. I was obviously petrified before. I'd heard loads of horror stories and people really talk badly of c-sections. Mine was planned because that was the safest way for Brody to come into the world because he was breech, but genuinely, it was calm and magical," Georgia remembers.
"You hear people say, 'Oh, you have to have a vaginal birth because a c-section isn't the way to do it.' And all that kind of makes you feel that you failed. But I want to break that stigma because it's just another way to bring your baby into the world. There's no right or wrong way and women need to know that if that decision is taken out of your hands, you haven't failed, it's just another way of delivering your baby safely."
The challenges of becoming a mum is something Georgia has been incredibly honest about on her social media platforms.
"It's definitely much harder than I thought. I didn't really know what to expect, because can you really? I think everything's a challenge with a baby. You have a really good day, one day and the next day, you can't wash or you haven't even gone to the toilet. Honestly, it's so up and down. And every day is different although weirdly, it's the same. It's just a crazy, crazy life. It really is. No one told me how hard it is but it's so rewarding. You're absolutely knackered, and then you see their smile and you just think 'Oh my god.'"
Of course, being a celebrity mum on Instagram can have its pitfalls, something Georgia knows all too well.
"I don't need people's negativity. I'm a new mum, I'm in the public eye. It's hard enough being a mum anyway, without people telling you how you should hold your baby or how you should feed your baby. At the end of the day, it's my baby, my body, I'm his mum, I know best. And I just think anyone else that's got anything to say can just get off my page."
Georgia is keen to share the realities of being a parent with her followers. "Especially after having a baby, I'm really open and honest and I want to continue doing that because I don't think there's enough honesty out there. It's very polished on Instagram," she says. "It's all these mums that look like they've got their s**t together. And to be honest, when I've been up three times a night, I don't really want to see a mum that looks like she's got her s**t together. I want to see a mum that's sitting there on Instagram with no make-up, going 'Help. What am I doing?' Because none of us really know what we're doing."
The mum-of-one was applauded recently when she spoke about her experience with her new body post-birth and the pressure to 'bounce back.'
"Honestly, it's scary. The first time I looked at myself, it freaked me out. But that's natural and completely normal. You look at your body, and it's not your body that you've looked at for all those years." Georgia explains.
"All of this bounce back culture is so crap and I don't want to hear it. I think when women are pregnant, people need to stop saying 'Oh you'll bounce back.' No, no, we won't! Why should we bounce back? Why would we bounce back? Just because someone wants to grow a baby why all of a sudden are we expected to come out of the hospital with a flat stomach? That's not reality."
"It's taken nine months to grow a baby, why am I going to have a six-pack? It's just impossible. And who wants to diet? I'm like bore off, I don't want to do that! I'm eating when I can and what I want and I'm sleeping when I can. You just need to have good people around you because it is a scary time. But you just need to remind yourself 'I've grown a human. I am amazing.'"
Watch both episodes of Georgia and Tommy: Baby Steps on Wednesday 1st September & Thursday 2nd September at 9pm on ITVBe and the ITV Hub.
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