But one mum-of-four is going viral after bravely sharing an image of her stretch marks in acceptance of the fact that her post-baby body would never look the same.
Doreen Ching, 23 took to Facebook to post an image of the stretch marks, which snake across her stomach, in a bid to highlight the changes childbirth and pregnancy can inflict on a woman’s body.
In the accompanying caption, the mum recalls her fourth pregnancy, and how friends around her said her body would be “ruined” as a result.
“Only 21 at the time, I wondered how I would be able to accept my stomach looking like this for the rest of my life,” she writes.
“The first thing I did after leaving the delivery room was to look at my stomach and cry.”
She went on to say that no amount of surgery or money would be able to fix her stomach, but that she had learnt to accept that her body was different now she was a mother.
The post, which was written in Mandarin, quickly went viral with over 12K shares and 23K likes and sparked an outpour of support from other parents who praised her for having the “bravery” to share the “beautiful” snap.
But though the majority of comments were positive, there were a few critics who blamed the way her stomach looked on the fact that she had four children.
And that prompted Doreen to hit back at the haters.
“Many told me I looked ugly and disgusting, and that they wanted to vomit,” she wrote in a follow-up post.
“Please respect the women of this world, such as your mother and your wife, who manage childbirth and still work. Can you do that?”
Enough with the body-shaming people!
Doreen isn’t the only mum who has found the courage to share images of their post-baby body.
Earlier this year mum-of-two Lisa Wilson, 28, from Michigan in the US became a body positive Instagram star after revealing how her daughters taught her to love her new body.
The mum-of-two was struggling to accept the stretch marks, cellulite and “squishy tummy” that represented her body after giving birth to five-year-old Brielle and Vienna, three.
But after reconsidering her embarrassment, she decided that instead of hiding the changes to her body that childbirth had left her with, instead she should celebrate it.
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