HELEN Flanagan was left horrified after cruel mum-shamers trolled her incredible bikini body eight weeks after she gave birth to son Charlie, it has been reported.
The 30-year-old star posted the stunning snap to her social media page last month, but some lashed out at her trim figure.
An insider has now revealed that the Coronation Street favourite was "hurt" by the nasty comments, with some claiming she was making other mums feel bad about their own post-baby bodies.
The source shared: "Criticism is hard for Helen as she's openly admitted to being insecure and is very self-aware.
"The photo was a happy moment with her girls and she did feel content in her body.
"She got a lot of really lovely comments but the negative comments from mummy-shamers still crept in and they do hurt."
They went on to tell New magazine that Helen didn't post the snap to "brag" about her figure, she was just "embracing" the body that gave her her three children.
The beauty posed in a pink gingham bikini alongside her two daughters, five-year-old Matilda and two-year-old Delilah, who were wearing matching swimming costumes.
Just two months after giving birth for a third time, Helen's toned tum was on display as she showed off her natural beauty with minimal make-up, and her hair tied back.
She'd previously admitted that she hadn't done any exercise after having Charlie, adding at the time: "My body has changed with each baby. My boobs have changed a lot with nursing each.
"The skin on my stomach has changed but I feel so lucky to able to have carried my babies."
Helen poignantly went on: "As a mummy of girls I want to show them to be confident in their own skin and to love themselves. I do affirmations with them on the school run such as, 'I am amazing', 'I can do anything'."
Helen shares her three children with footballer fiance Scott Sinclair, who she has been in a relationship with since 2009.
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