British model and body positive activist Iskra Lawrence recently got candid about her post-pregnancy body after welcoming her first child.
The 30-year-old, who is known for her untouched Aerie ads and real talk on body positivity on Instagram, is opening up about her experience with period bloating since giving birth to her son last April - and we are happy to see it.
Taking to the social media app to share a video with fans, Iskra rubbed her stomach in a series of shots, which she captioned: "oh heeey period bloat, you look cute, thank you for everything body, I love you," while posing in a grey Aerie bra and track pants.
In the caption, the model went on to share more about her body post-pregnancy: "Basically no such thing as TMI here, we’re all family," she wrote. "So here I am on my third period postpartum loving on my body unapologetically. I was anxious and dreading what my first period would be like after birth. Some people said it was 6 weeks, 3 months or some said it took 2 years soooo that was reassuring."
Iskra went on to explain that the day before thanksgiving she "got an early prezzie from Mother Nature" with the arrival of her period, seven months post-partum. "It wasn’t too bad and I was super relieved," detailed the model, who went on to add that her next period was a bit trickier. "Christmas Day hit and the period pains, cramps, tiredness HIT like a MF," she wrote.
Iskra continued her comments, sharing that after being two weeks late this time around, she became worried about what was going on - but concluded that breastfeeding and pumping could have made her periods more irregular.
"So I guess I’m sharing this to normalise and celebrate all our bodies go through and to remind you and your body you’re incredible! And hoping you give yourself some love today too," added the model, with a love heart emoji.
Normalising the body's natural process and easing the pressure for new mums to 'snap back into shape' is something that's so important to see on social media. Iskra's post captures the reality most new mums experience post-partum, which is a refreshing break from the picture perfect curation we generally see on those square grids, along with unrealistic standards of beauty.
This isn't the first time Iskra Lawrence has been refreshingly real on social media; she continues to be a huge force in the body positive movement and recently shared another relatable insight about how she is adjusting to her new figure:
"Still getting used to modelling in this new body that’s stretched, widened, and feels softer but stronger than ever."
An empowering sentiment every woman can get behind. Let's hope these important messages don't go anywhere any time soon.
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