A lot of pressure comes from the images of new mums with six packs and toned, tanned stomachs that circulate in the media and online, writes Kidspot.
That’s why it’s so refreshing when women speak up and share their own untouched, unfiltered experiences.
Instagram blogger Kristen Sullivan recently had her second child, a boy named Gavin. She says that while she did feel like her body snapped back and healed very well with her first child, this one hasn’t been so simple.
“The left pic is 3 days before I delivered Gavin (my 2nd child), the right pic is 3 weeks post-partum,” she wrote on Instagram along side the dramatic before and after photos.
“I’m sharing this to show moms that sometimes it doesn’t matter if you’re thin, ate right and exercised during pregnancy, sometimes your body grows in such a way that simply doesn’t allow you to “bounce back” in friggen 3 weeks.”
“I feel like all I’ve been seeing is new mums sharing their amazing post-partum bods, 11 days after birth, 2 weeks after birth, etc. And while that’s wonderful for them, for many others, KNOW that it’s not realistic!”
The mum then goes to say that she believes she has diastasis recti, a separation of the abdominal muscles that is fairly common for mums after giving birth.
“I’m determined to get the PT I need to heal. I’ve also been wearing a post-partum corset for extra support. But in the meantime, I’m giving my body a chance to breathe. Did you SEE how far my belly stretched?! There is no race to bounce back moms. We’ll get there!”
Since posting the image has been liked over 3k times and has been featured on websites around the globe.
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