When you’re pregnant with your first baby, you might assume that your tummy will just go back flat once you’ve had the baby. It’d make sense right? The baby’s not in there anymore…
Of course, it doesn’t quite work like that. It can take 6 to 10 weeks just for the uterus to shrink down to its original size.
So imagine how surprised Giovannna Fletcher was when just 11 DAYS after giving birth a stranger decided to comment on the size of her tum.
“A few days ago I had a near stranger point at my stomach, laugh and say, ‘Oh look, Mummy’s still got her tummy’. This was 11 days after giving birth,” the mum wrote on Instagram.
Tom Fletcher’s wife gave birth to the couple’s 2nd child, a boy named Buddy, on 16 February.
“It wasn’t left there either as there was another comment about my face ‘slimming down’,” she added.
And she admits she was “so shocked” by the blunt comments that at the time she laughed.
But now she’s had time to think about it, she admits “the words have stuck with me”.
“More than anything, I was baffled over the stranger’s need to share her thoughts…,” the hurt mum wrote.
But she has had time to put her feelings into perspective – and she knows that really it doesn’t matter.
“Yes, I still have a bump. But that bump kept my little baby boy safe for a whole nine months. That bump has filled my world with even more love and light than I knew possible.
“That bump is a miracle worker… My bump will slowly go over time, but I’ll never stop being thankful to it and my body for everything it’s given me. #spreadlove ❤️ xx,” she added.
Baby weight? It’s none of your business…
And other mums were quick to support her.
“This is lovely! ? I hated the “you’ve lost your baby weight yeah?” Too .. Quite frankly it’s none of your business,” one commented.
“I hate that people always ask about your baby weight and if you’re shifting all the time. I had my son over 2 years ago and I’m still not back to my original size/shape. If you’re lucky enough to bounce back the morning after giving birth, good for you.
“But for some of us it takes a while, especially if you have stretch marks. People can be so rude ? it’s a shame we live in a world where body shaming seems to be normal,” another added.
“What on earth is wrong with some people? Who were they to judge? I don’t get the whole ‘lose the baby weight’ quickly. Surely as long as you have a happy, healthy baby nothing else should matter? @mrsgifletcher bravo on the inspirational attitude you have taken to the ‘mummy tummy’ debate; you’re an amazing mummy. Don’t ever let people try to shame you….. shame on them,” another fumed.
Good on Giovanna for speaking out. We’ve got your back!