Here at MFM we’re seeing more and more new mums share post-baby body positive messaging – something that gets a huge round of applause from us.
Often they’re prepared to be really honest and personal to get their point across, and that includes baring their own mum bodies on social media.
Aussie mum Olivia White (best known for her blog House of White) took to Facebook to share her own message to women who don’t ‘bounce back’ after giving birth.
She proudly shared this front-on pic of herself, mum tum and all, and wrote beneath the image:
“Puffy face, droopy milk filled boobs, wider hips and belly full of stretch marks!! That’s my post baby reality, no “bouncing back” here!
“And you know what? I couldn’t give a s**t!
“Because I’m not the same person I was before I had babies, so why would I want my body to reflect something and someone I no longer am?
“Those droopy boobs fed my babies and grew them up big and strong. Those hips and rippled belly was home to my little babes for 9 months.”
For the record, we reckon Olivia looks fab and, well, normal. Just like the rest of us.
And she’s right – we do change when we have kids, or at least our lives change, so of course our bodies follow suit.
That said, Olivia was also careful not to offend new mums who make it a priority to ‘bounce back’ into pre-baby shape, because that’s totally fine, too.
She told the Daily Mail Australia:
“When it comes to women who do bounce back it’s about us being objective and saying “good on them” but it’s not a reality for me.”
Her comment was definitely a nice way to acknowledge how hard it is to lose the baby weight – but also the fact that it just isn’t realistic for every new mum.
We reckon ‘bouncing back’ to pre-baby looks should always be a choice, not something that’s expected!
High five for Olivia’s message of self-acceptance ✋