Be proud; You just pushed a human being from inside you!
Who cares what your body looks like right now!? Because you just conquered an extraordinary feat. Sure, your body might not look pretty, And in this day of age, everyone wants to show their ‘perfect’ self to others. Never mind the reality.
One mother, however, set out to change these opinions. She wanted to share something real and definitely not photoshopped or with any filters. So she posted two pictures of her body hours after her third son was born.
Yes, this is what a post-baby body looks like.
Following was what she wrote:
Looking back through pics of Wilf’s birth and these two are hands down my favorites, for very different reasons … Apologies for the second photo if you’re eating your breakfast but after initially thinking I can’t share that!
I realized it’s less flesh than it would be if I shared my ‘bikini body’ and represents the postpartum reality so well – I was absolutely euphoric at this point, despite walking like John Wayne and wearing an adult nappy.
I cannot tell you how much we were laughing by this stage either, mostly at how lucky James is.
Huge shout out to the midwives at the Royal Devon and Exeter Maternity Services (Rosie and student midwife Lottie were simply brilliant – so grateful for our NHS) and also Siobhan The Positive Birth Company whose hypnobirthing techniques, particularly the breathing and visualizations, made all the difference.
(I’m going to write a blog post about the birth at some stage as despite being the best one yet it’s still a bit of a story involving blood pressure issues and another tricky placenta – mine never want to come on out ).
Thanks too for all your lovely comments and messages, I’m really overwhelmed. Lots of love xx
It turns out, lots of mothers can relate.
Her response, however, was in her usual funny and snarky tone.
Hopefully, 2018 will be a new year, and we will stop post photoshopped pictures. Fingers crossed.