Here at MadeForMums HQ, we see loads of brilliant, honest and empowering pics of post-baby bodies, shared by women from across the globe ?
But we do have to wonder if new mums are seeing these oh-so-important unfiltered, unedited images enough to make a difference to the way they feel ?
Mum blogger and Instagrammer Natalie (aka Style Me Sunday) doesn’t think they are.
According to her latest, and certainly very honest, Instagram post, she thinks the world needs to see much, much more of the postnatal reality.
We’d have to agree – so we’re glad that the mum of 2, who gave birth in 2009 and November 2012, has shared these full frontal shots of her ‘mumbod’ to kickstart the conversation.
“I’m well aware that some people will find this image gross - feel free to unfollow peeps,” she wrote beside the snaps.
(Those people are silly. We’d say these images are truly stunning, totally honest and very refreshing indeed.)
“Before @instagram postnatal bodies were mainly hidden - behind copious amounts of black bin bag clothing, behind babies, and mixed up with a bucket load of hormones - far away from any sort of media or publication.
“However clearly there’s still a lot of work to do on IG, if you search the hashtag postnatal bodies it’s full of diet cr*p and transformation pics.
“There is shame attached to not having the ‘perfect’ body. Even more if you don’t give that much of a s***.
“I don’t know about you but I was totally unprepared for how my body might change. Well f*** me it’s changed, and you know what, who bloody cares? I still think I’m hot, although I’m sure some of you will disagree.
“I personally LOVE seeing post baby bods out there especially if that stops us hating the image that stares back at us in the mirror.
“Check out @candicebrathwaite and @clemmie_telford for beautiful body pics after the baby leaves it’s temporary home.
“And @love_disfigure and @the_feeding_of_the_fox for bodies that don’t fit in with ideal beauty standards.
“Please do tag any accounts that are showing different types of bodies and rocking it - I want to see more.”
She ended her post with the hashtags #diversifymyfeed and #allbodiesaregoodbodies ???
We don’t really need to say much here, do we? Natalie’s pics really speak for themselves. All we’ll add is that we’re really glad she’s shared them.
And we hope a new mum, struggling with her self-esteem post-baby, finds them too ❤️
Images: Instagram/Style Me Sunday