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Ashley Graham is pretty proud of her post-pregnancy body and has bared her newly acquired stretch marks to prove it.
The model and her husband, Justin Ervin, welcomed their first child, a boy called Isaac, on January 18 and since then Ashley has been turning to Instagram to keep fans posted about the realities of motherhood.
From breastfeeding photos to mirror selfies of her post-pregnancy body, the 32-year-old new mum has been getting candid about her first few weeks of parenting.
And now continuing her commitment to showcase body positivity the model is proudly showing off the new stretch marks she’s acquired as a result of pregnancy and childbirth.
Sharing an up close image of the stretch marks snaking across her stomach as she covers her modesty with her arm, the model explained that the marks are representative of her parenthood journey.
“Same me. few new stories,” she wrote in the accompanying caption.
Since posting, the candid post has been liked by more than 1.2 million users and been flooded with praise from hundreds of fans thanking her for being so real about motherhood.
“Beautiful. Love seeing this! I’ve got none on my tummy yet but getting some new tiger stripes on my hips and booty,” one woman wrote.
“Such a beautiful map of a life well traveled!” another agreed.
“Thank you for this picture, makes me feel so much better of myself and my similar stretch marks,” another user explained.
The new mum also opted to showed off her stretch marks during her pregnancy with Isaac, which prompted other women to share their own on social media.
“The reason I had posted that original photo, I had just announced that I was pregnant and I thought then I was gonna feel good, and I didn’t. I felt, I just felt terrible,” a emotional Graham later said of her revealing pregnancy post.
“That morning I was like, get it together, Ashley. There’s other women out there that are going through the same thing as you. Why don’t you have a dialogue with them?”
Earlier this month, Ashley captured another candid moment on her motherhood journey so far when she shared an image as she breastfed her newborn.
In the image Ashley is seen cradling the baby as he feeds while new dad, Justin proudly looks on and gently strokes his son’s head.
Later, the model, turned to the social media platform to share a frank message about the realities of her postpartum body, explaining “no one talks about the recovery” aspect of pregnancy and birth.
“Raise your hand if you didn’t know you’d be changing your own diapers too,” she began her post.
“After all these years in fashion I never could’ve guessed that disposable underwear would be my favourite piece of clothing but here we are!”
Alongside an empowering image of her post-birth body, she continued: “No one talks about the recovery and healing (yes even the messy parts) new mums go through. I wanted to show you guys that it’s not all rainbows and butterflies!
“It’s been tough, but my friend Chelsea @cmrh and ceo at @fridamom is making waves and starting honest conversations.
“It’s unbelievable the obstacles we still face talking about what women really go through. All their stuff she sent me has been a life saver.”
The new motherhood updates came as the model earlier revealed she had given birth to her first child at home, in a birthing pool.
In an episode of her podcast, Pretty Big Deal, the couple also introduced their son to the world, while the new mum opened up about her birth experience, telling viewers she’d felt inspired.
“Now, I have to say now though that I gave birth and I did it naturally and I felt everything, I feel like there's nothing I can't do,” she explained.