A mum named Ruth Lee has made headlines after posting this photo of her post-baby stomach.
Ruth, who gave birth around 4 months ago, recently took to her Instagram to share a throwback snap of how her belly looked just a few days after experiencing, in her own words, a ‘traumatic labour’.
In the picture, you can clearly see her caesarean scars underneath a white bandage, pale stretch marks smattered across her tummy and what appears to be her linea nigra.
Here’s what she wrote alongside it:
“What brings me to Instagram tonight, is the post-baby. I followed SO many pregnant models during my pregnancy. And when they photographed themselves pool-side 5 minutes postpartum, I thought, “Wow! I hope that happens to me!”
“I was 25 when I gave birth. I was healthy. I was young. I stayed active during my pregnancy. I took the best prenatals, went to the gym, used every kind of stretch mark prevention you could think of. I took hours of birthing classes, read every book under the sun, and studied natural childbirth my whole pregnancy.
“I STILL ended up with a traumatic labor, cesarean section, scars, stretch marks, and unfortunately the inability to breastfeed long term.
“I took this picture a few days after I gave birth, when my PPD really first reared its head into my life. I took this and actually was horrified. I couldn’t believe it was me. I’m sharing it because I know in my heart that there are people out there that struggle with inadequacy.
“That might think they are not beautiful, that they might be ruined, less worthy, or not good enough.
“Yours might not actually be physical scars, but maybe, a failed relationship, a difficulty in your career, a mental struggle, money issues, or just feeling lost in life.
“Be kind to yourself. And know that you are not alone. Comparison is the thief of joy. Don’t let social media taint your view of what is beautiful, what is REAL.”
What we think
We just have to say: ?????
In a world of toned Insta tums and snap-back celebs, we really don’t see too many photos like this that are SO raw and unfiltered.
But we definitely want to see more of it.
We love the message beside the pic, too – that this is normal, it’s OK to feel OK about it, but at the same time it’s OK to not feel OK about it, that you’re still beautiful either way and, at the end of the day, there’s no use comparing your post-baby whatever to anyone else’s.
Because you are you, and that’s more than fine ?
We also reckon this pic will resonate with mums who’ve had c-sections, and those who haven’t.
So thanks for sharing, Ruth!
Images: Instagram/Ruth Lee