Mum-of-3 Beyonce’s probably one of the most popular celeb mamas on the planet, right? 🌍
So it’s SUCH a good thing that she’s used her cover feature in US Vogue‘s September Issue to celebrate her mumbod, her FUPA [fatty upper pubic area] and not bouncing back straight after having a baby.
Remember, Beyonce welcomed daughter Blue Ivy in 2012, and gave birth to twins Rumi and Sir just over a year ago.
“After the birth of my first child, I believed in the things society said about how my body should look,” the 36-year-old singer confessed in a 1st person essay for the mag.
“I put pressure on myself to lose all the baby weight in three months, and scheduled a small tour to assure I would do it. Looking back, that was crazy.
“After the twins, I approached things very differently. I was 218 pounds the day I gave birth to Rumi and Sir. I was swollen from toxemia and had been on bed rest for over a month.
“My health and my babies’ health were in danger, so I had an emergency C-section. We spent many weeks in the NICU…
“Today I have a connection to any parent who has been through such an experience. After the C-section, my core felt different. It had been major surgery.
“Some of your organs are shifted temporarily, and in rare cases, removed temporarily during delivery. I am not sure everyone understands that. I needed time to heal, to recover.
“During my recovery, I gave myself self-love and self-care, and I embraced being curvier. I accepted what my body wanted to be. After six months, I started preparing for Coachella… but I was patient with myself and enjoyed my fuller curves.
“To this day my arms, shoulders, breasts, and thighs are fuller. I have a little mommy pouch, and I’m in no rush to get rid of it. I think it’s real.
“Whenever I’m ready to get a six-pack, I will go into beast zone and work my ass off until I have it. But right now, my little FUPA [fatty upper pubic area] and I feel like we are meant to be.”
Beyonce’s approach to how our bodies evolve post-pregnancy is music to our ears 🎼
There’s absolutely no shame in wanting a six pack (obvs) but it’s SO important that new mums know they can absolutely shun the pressure to get it back, and take their sweeeeet time.
Mind, if you’re a bit more like us, you’ve probably never had a six pack, have long made peace with that fact, and maybe have your own thoughts about what your post-baby body should be like.
Still, the above applies. Forget the pressure, embrace the change, and remember that everyone goes at their own pace.
Unfortunately, self-love and acceptance aren’t things we can magically learn overnight, but we really do hope that words like these from megastars like Queen B help the message slowly start to seep through 👑
Images: Beyonce’s Vogue cover, shot by Tyler Mitchell