Pregnant Luisa Zissman sparked a parenting debate after posting about plans to enjoy a blissful child-free holiday following the birth of her third child.
The former Apprentice candidate, 30, uploaded a dreamy photo of a tropical destination alongside the caption: “The one thing getting me through this pregnancy is going here next year child free!! Please time hurry up. Bring back the skinny and the cocktails.”
One fan predicted Luisa was going to get some flak for the “child free” remark, to which she agreed, saying: “I know. I don’t care live for the child-free time with my hubbie! Bye babies!”
And that fan was right, as some followers didn’t agree with Luisa’s plans to enjoy a child-free vacation, or comments about pregnancy.
One wrote: “Why are you already wanting to leave your baby I don’t get that.”
Another said: “A lot of women can’t get pregnant… this may hurt a lot of women’s feelings. The holiday is definitely something to look forward too… but embrace your pregnancy & getting fat, you’re lucky enough to carry a baby!!”
A third said: “You’re having a baby, it’s not a life sentence…..so negative, some would question why you are bothering to have another.”
Luisa, however, was quick to defend herself, saying: “Just because I don’t like being pregnant doesn’t mean I don’t like the baby afterwards.
“Also I go on around prob 6 family holidays a year. One holiday child-free with my hubbie is something to look forward to and again a week away from them hardly warrants a comment of “what’s the point in having kids?”
“I don’t have a nanny, I’m always with my little ones. But defo love bedtime and relaxing and adore my break with my hubbie.”
She also told one follower: “I don’t understand couples who don’t want to spend time alone! I always think there is something wrong with their marriage!”
Luisa received plenty of support from fellow mums who agreed with her about the importance of enjoying time away from their children.
One said: “It’s not about wanting to leave your babies, it’s about wanting to remember that you’re still a person, still a wife. Not just a mother! Mothers can embrace parenthood and crave child free space all at the same time! They’re human! The holiday looks amazing. You’ll have an amazing time.”
Another agreed, saying: “Couldn’t agree more! My partner and I always have a few long weekends away child free, probably judged, don’t care.”
And a third remarked: “I totally get this! As a mum of two girls life is hectic and it’s hard to make time with your partner. Any child-free time is a blessing. It’s important to remember you were a partnership before you were parents.”
Luisa is already mum to daughter Dixie from her marriage to ex-husband Oliver Zissman, and daughter Indigo with husband Andrew Collins.
The businesswoman announced her third pregnancy in June.