If you are one of those who are so sick and tired of seeing perfect celebrity mom bods 2 days after squeezing a human being out, looking slimmer before getting pregnant (go figure!), unbelievably radiant, with perfectly smooth and flawless skin and oh so luscious hair then Instagram account @takebackpostpartum will give you a serving of #momtruths you don’t often see in mainstream media.
For most of us non-celeb normal human beings who do not have an army of nutritionists, dieticians, fitness trainers, personal chefs, stylists, and production people, getting pregnant and giving birth means having to deal with the extra pounds it’d take forever to shed off, stretched out belly skin that look like old deflated marshmallow, zebra stretchmarks, saggy [often sore] breastfeeding bosom, and eyebags the size of Brazil.
Which is exactly what this Instagram page wants to show the world—the true, unedited, unaltered beauty of pregnancy and postpartum.
Check out some of @takebackpospartum’s posts featuring beautiful mommies below:
- This mom wanted people to know that NO she didn’t exactly go back to her pre baby body, she works hard to stay healthy but she understands that her body may never look the way it did before and she’s OK with that.
2. This mom wants you to not be disheartened if your body doesn’t look like the ones you see on Instagram. “Good lighting and filters hide SO much,” she says.
3. This mama has given birth to three children. her body has a C-section mark, excess skin, pregnancy strips and she calls this “miracle of life”.
4. Yes, this one is all too familiar. We’ve all been there, remember?
5. Check out this momma’s battle scars. She wears them proudly as proof that her beautiful daughter grew inside her.
6. Seriously didn’t notice the “leftovers” from pregnancy she’s talking about, that beautiful radiant smile though defines captivating. Happiness is beautiful!
7. This photo shows a strong mama saying goodbye to her baby, it’s one of her favorite pictures she says. It’s one of the hardest moments of her life, but she feels its one of her strongest mommy moments.
9. Tired but happy, can you relate?
10. How breastfeeding sometimes looks like.
The next time you feel bad for not looking as perfect as you were before getting pregnant, or for struggling to lose the pregnancy weight 6 months after giving birth, remember that those beautiful “battle” scars, stretched out skin, saggy breasts, wider hips, are proof of your accomplishment and contribution to the world. You nurtured and just gave life to beautiful human beings who you will continue to mold into becoming beautiful people.
You are a mom, you are beautiful! And you will always be amazing in the eyes of the little people who matter.