We’re pretty used to seeing mums share their honest post-baby body pics here at MFM ?
But when we spotted US mum Kristen Sullivan’s before and after birth snap, we really felt compelled to share it.
Kristen, from New York, took to her popular Instagram page to share a side-by-side shot of her stomach 3 days before she gave birth to her 2nd child, and 3 weeks after.
Here’s what she said:
“The left pic is 3 days before I delivered Gavin (my 2nd child), the right pic is 3 weeks postpartum.
“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 moms sharing their amazing postpartum 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!”
She also added that she thinks she’s got something called diastasis recti, which is a separation of the abdominal muscles after birth.
“While I won't be totally sure till 6 weeks, I have a strong feeling that I've got #diastasisrecti, in which case I'm determined to get the PT [physical therapy] I need to heal.
"I've also been wearing a postpartum corset for extra support," she added.
“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!! #postpartum.”
We ? Kris’s whole message – but we really want to emphasise this one part:
“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.”
And if you ask us, that's more than OK ???
Images: Instagram/Kris Rosulli
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