Remember when some people couldn’t handle the Duchess of Cambridge’s post-partum bump just after giving birth to little Prince George?
Unfortunately, there seems to be a myth that the second you’ve given birth, your body will magically return to normal.
But any mum will know that this is far from reality, and (hopefully) that the pressure to look perfect despite having just brought an entire human being into the world is absurd.
No one knows this better than Mel Watts, a blogger also known as The Modern Mumma.
???? Top photo 30 weeks pregnant Bottom photo 4 days post Caesarean section. Wow. Honestly it's no castle or bloody piece of art. Sure it's filled with stretch marks and dimples. But this body, this one the one I own gave me another life. Another small human to love and to hold. It held onto him for 9 months and sheltered him, protected him and prepared him for the day he was born. So many times I've doubted my body, so many times I've pinched and pulled at sections that I didn't like. In reality this body has done everything I'd ever want it to do. Sure it's not magazine or swimsuit worthy to some. But to me and my husband, it's the place that grew our babies. It's the place that everything we love most started. And that's all that counts right?! We feel as though we need to follow society's stigma on what we should look like when in fact we should just do what we feel works for us. No body has the same body And every body has their own body. Enjoy it.
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Watts has just shared two refreshingly honest photos of herself, proving to mothers everywhere how much childbirth changes your body and that there’s nothing wrong with that at all.
Watts shared two photos on Instagram – one from when she was 30 weeks pregnant, another four days after having a cesarean section – saying that it’s “no castle or bloody piece of art” but that she celebrates it.
I'm not currently sitting on my lounge. I'm sitting with my head inside the salon sink at a hair appointment I wish I didn't make – ???? I made the appointment laughing that I wouldn't make it and I'd have a bebe in my arms….. well that hasn't happened hahah. So at least my hair will look nice for him! Thanks @mohican_hair_salon Ummmmm so winter came quick?! So that means it's baby month! ????????????
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“Honestly it’s no castle or bloody piece of art,” she wrote.
“Sure it’s filled with stretch marks and dimples.
“But this body, this one the one I own gave me another life. Another small human to love and to hold.
“It held onto him for 9 [sic] months and sheltered him, protected him and prepared him for the day he was born.
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“So many times I’ve doubted my body, so many times I’ve pinched and pulled at sections that I didn’t like.
“In reality this body has done everything I’d ever want it to do.
“Sure it’s not magazine or swimsuit worthy to some. But to me and my husband, it’s the place that grew our babies.
“It’s the place that everything we love most started. And that’s all that counts right?!
Totally understand how you're feeling little man. Over tired, emotional, hormonal and wanting to go home. I miss my house now. I miss my kids. I miss my husband. Maybe I'll magically feel better and will go home tomorrow?!
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“We feel as though we need to follow society’s stigma on what we should look like when in fact we should just do what we feel works for us.
“No body has the same body and every body has their own body.
And the post has been inspiring for fellow mums.
“I love how raw you are,” wrote one commenter on the post. “You are such an inspiration to so many people.”
So here we are 3 5 W E E K S ???? Today I was surrounded by my good friends and family who came to celebrate my journey to having little boy blue. I didn't want a baby shower this time around. My lovely friend @newmumstheword asked if she could do a blessing way for me. It's nothing like I thought. It was beautiful and you could feel the support of the closet women to me. We sat and talked, we ate and we laughed. No awkward unwrapping gifts or anything just purely focused on the journey I'm about to go on (again) and knowing how much support I have around me. These women all took time out of their day and some even drive for ages to come to and be there for me. Women supporting women, that's what I'm all about. In my last few weeks I'll try and embrace it. I know this is it. I know my body and my body has said enough is enough. No more bebes in utero ???????? So for all the women who went before me, thank you for making me know I'll be ok once again and for every women who go after me – you've got this. Find your tribe and stay close by they'll give more than you'll ever need ???????? . . This dress ???? @fillyboomaternity #fillyboomaternity . . . . . . #pregnant #baby #love #family #mommy #happy #motherhood #mom #babies #bump #babybelly #mama #thefashionbump #stylish_bump #uniteinmotherhood #aheadofthecurve #thebump #unitedinchildhood #inspirepregnancy #motherhoodunplugged #pregnancy #WhatsbabyWatts #pregnancyblog
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Another said: “I am 47 years old. I have given birth vaginally 3 times and I have had 2 c-sections.
“My body never went back to my prebaby state. I have felt guilty for years over it.
“I’m a Nana now and I look back at my beautiful children and realize that they were all worth it.
“Thanks for sharing your beauty too.”
And Watts isn’t the only mum to have embraced her post-partum body on social media.
We went swimming for the first time yesterday and when I put on my suit to make sure it fits (because it didn't last summer) I had realized I had forgotten about my really bad saggy belly skin and crazy amounts of stretch marks. I was faced with a decision to start the summer self conscious or embrace the fact I've been blessed with the opportunity to create & carry life 3 separate times. Not all women's bellies get jacked like mine and it does make me sad (yes my tummy gets a lot of looks). But it is what it is. I can be embarrassed and have a messed up tummy or accept it and have a messed up tummy. The outcome is my choice. There are 100's and 100's of women who would give up their perfect stomachs in return to have what I have, without thinking twice about it. So I won't think twice about it either. . . . . . . . . #luckykettlebell #momlife #motherhood #mommyhood #lifeofamom #sweatpink #motherhoodunplugged #lds #sahm #sahmlife #mommylife #christianmom #momblogger #momblog #toddlermom #momsofinstagram #toddler #toddlerlife #toddlers #momof3 #motherhoodrising #documentyourdays #letthekids #bestofmom #ig_MotherHood #Motherhoodsimplified #momlifeisthebestlife #motherhoodthroughinstagram #postpartumbody #postpartum
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Another Instagram-blogger who posts on her page ‘Chillin With Children’ about the ups and downs of family life posted a photo of herself with her kids along with her “saggy belly skin and crazy amounts of stretch marks” which she had chosen to “embrace”.
“There are 100’s and 100’s of women who would give up their perfect stomachs in return to have what I have, without thinking twice about it,” she wrote.
“So I won’t think twice about it either.”
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