Megan Gale is an Australian model and actress and mother to two young children.

Shoes off + feet up + robe on + full belly = Happy Preggo Lady ☺️❤️??

A post shared by MEGAN GALE (@megankgale) on Aug 10, 2017 at 1:08am PDT

Gale recently took to Instagram to share with her social media followers a casual photo of her and her fiancé headed for a night out. She captioned the photo:

River with his Nanna ✔️ Rosie with her Nonna ✔️
With about 10 mins to get ready my man & I are out for a quick dinner date.
Missing our babies ? but SO important for parents to have some couple time when / if they can grab it

Gale’s followers, however, didn’t think the photo was so innocuous.

As Babble reports, Gale received a slew of criticism for leaving daughter Rosie, a newborn, at home.

Here we are, last Saturday on our way home from the hospital with Rosie but not without letting her have a cuddle with the man that helped me bring her into the world. @drlenkliman we absolutely loved having you being a part of our pregnancy, birth and parenting journey both with River and Rosie and so lucky to have you guide us throughout. If anyone in Melbourne is searching for an obstetrician I can’t recommend Len highly enough. He and his team of experienced midwives are an absolute joy to deal with and I felt so comfortable, confident and happy in their care. Thanks to all of the staff at Epworth Freemasons for looking after us for a second time. Swipe across to see myself and @shampson_ with @drlenkliman when we left hospital with River as first time parents. ??

A post shared by MEGAN GALE (@megankgale) on Oct 7, 2017 at 12:30am PDT

Gale’s second child was born in late September, and commenters did not agree with the Aussie mom’s decision to head out for a date night with her man so soon after her daughter’s birth.

Commenter srslykate89__ wrote:

Seriously … wow the baby’s a week old! ?

Commenter aims2013I added:

wouldn’t have wanted to leave my baby at a week old?

Commenter mares276 said:

Wow isn’t she only a week old ..

One commenter thought Gale’s photo placed unfair expectations on women who had just given birth to be able to dress up and go out with their husbands.

As melissanatoli44 opined:

@megankgale that’s so lovely you guys get to do that … but I have had a 5 week old and she is so unsettled some days im unable to get out of my pj’s let alone going out to dinner with my husband … your post may place an unreal expectation on other women … ?

Other commenters noted it was a perfectly acceptable move to leave her baby and toddler at home in the care of grandparents. Mel_paterson summarized best:

So she can’t go out for dinner because she just had a baby? Her children are in perfectly good hands and she is very much entitled to go out for dinner with her partner!

Gale edited her original post to address her detractors head on.

River with his Nanna ✔️ Rosie with her Nonna ✔️ With about 10 mins to get ready my man & I are out for a quick dinner date. Missing our babies ?but SO important for parents to have some couple time when / if they can grab it ? @shampson_ *edit – For sure we have to devote the majority of our time to our kids. However, IF it can be managed well, stealing an hour or two, here and there as a couple or an individual is a “win” for parents. In this instance we had left Rosie with my very experienced and capable Mum after I had bathed, dressed, fed her and put her down plus I’d expressed enough milk for two feeds just in case. At the moment she sleeps for 4-5 hours and then feeds again so we knew we had more than enough time for a 1 hour dinner, which was 3mins from our house. And last night was no exception, she slept 6pm-10.30pm. With River I barely left the house for the first 6 weeks, out of fear, out of guilt and I lost a little part of myself and also developed what I now feel was a mild case of post natal depression. If you’ve ensured your child is well looked after in your absence, then there is nothing wrong with some alone time as a couple or as an individual. You’ll be happier people for it and more importantly, better parents. Oh and to the ignorant, judgemental people projecting negativity on my page, it delights me to inform you that I block and delete instantly. No room for that crap here – this is a place of love & peace ❤️✌?Your comments don’t upset me, they just make me smile and make you look nasty.

A post shared by MEGAN GALE (@megankgale) on Oct 6, 2017 at 12:29am PDT

She wrote, in part:

For sure we have to devote the majority of our time to our kids. However, IF it can be managed well, stealing an hour or two, here and there as a couple or an individual is a “win” for parents. In this instance we had left Rosie with my very experienced and capable Mum after I had bathed, dressed, fed her and put her down plus I’d expressed enough milk for two feeds just in case. At the moment she sleeps for 4-5 hours and then feeds again so we knew we had more than enough time for a 1 hour dinner, which was 3mins from our house. And last night was no exception, she slept 6pm-10.30pm

Gale then shared her actions following the birth of her second child were a far cry from what she could manage after the birth of her first, now 3 years old:

With River I barely left the house for the first 6 weeks, out of fear, out of guilt and I lost a little part of myself and also developed what I now feel was a mild case of post natal depression.

She added:

If you’ve ensured your child is well looked after in your absence, then there is nothing wrong with some alone time as a couple or as an individual. You’ll be happier people for it and more importantly, better parents.

Many commenters applauded Gale for prioritizing quality time with her fiancé, some even admitting they had done the same thing after the birth of their children and before the days of social media when they wouldn’t have been openly judged.

Had a great time ringing in the New Year with this guy ✨?✨Wishing everyone a happy & healthy 2017!! ?

A post shared by MEGAN GALE (@megankgale) on Dec 31, 2016 at 3:54pm PST

As for Gale, she doesn’t seem too distracted by the negative attention. After all, she does have a new baby to care for.

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