With so many celebrity moms losing their postpartum baby weight in almost no time, flaunting chiseled abs and perky breasts on magazine covers just weeks after giving birth, regular moms around the world are struggling to slim down. The bar has been set pretty high for women who believe this kind of transformation is realistic.
Unfortunately, high-profile celebs have access to resources after their baby is born that everyday folks don’t. They have chefs, personal trainers and nannies to rely on that way they can get into shape with lightning speed.
To inspire other women and prove there’s nothing wrong with having a post-pregnancy body, New Zealand nutritionist and blogger Julie Bhosale decided to share her own experience with becoming a new mother in a blog post titled My Real Postpartum Body.
She writes in the post:
You live in a society that pushes images at you every day of women who have given birth and just “bounced back” – great for them. But this is such a small minority. For most of us, our bodies change, and change a lot. It is scary, it is hard, it can be down right disgusting and upsetting but it is real and normal.
Just one week after giving birth to her second son, she said: “Still got a lumpy, squishy watermelon belly. Still got the granny style undies and thunder pads.” She also noted that her boobs felt “like rocks.”
Her entry, along with a series of photographs that document the changes her body went through, have inspired women everywhere who are feeling pressured by society to look a certain way.
You may not look like the next Victoria’s Secret Underwear model, but focus on how you feel. Nourish and love from the inside out and do not forget: You are beautiful, you are amazing, you are a mother.