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Australian Mother Shows Women The Truth About Postpartum Bodies

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Being a mother, as I’m sure quite a few of you know, isn’t exactly an easy thing to do. It involves being responsible and caring for your child full-time, which is why I advise all those mothers who think taking care of a baby is a cake walk should step down immediately.

Missing that big round belly! But loving my squishy medium sized belly and having Willa earth side more ❤️

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Being a mother doesn’t just change your life from a mental aspect, it also brings along a few physical changes to your body.

So, you all know that your belly gets a bump while you’re carrying a child, but one thing that a lot of people tend not to know, particularly first time expectant-mothers is that the belly doesn’t immediately go away after giving birth.

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Being pregnant is not just food cravings and regular trips to the bathroom, it’s much more than that.

If you want to drop your baby bump after giving birth, you’ll need to hit the gym, I’m afraid…

Baby girl’s first time at the beach today! Mumma wearing @maxandmee nursing dress 🙌🏼 See stories for an action shot!

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And in order to stop any further disputing of the baby bump myth, Australian mother of three Elise Grossman (@raisingyoungloves on Instagram) decided to share a very powerful picture on her account to show the world what it’s really like.

Earlier this year, the Western Australian mother gave birth to her youngest daughter Willa, and in July, she shared a picture to her now 36.4k followers of her nude body right after giving birth.

Elise took this in hopes of starting a conversation about realistic postpartum bodies.

“It’s a strange feeling to look down and still see a bump, even though you’re holding your baby in your arms.” she captioned the photo that soon went viral.

The truth for postpartum bodies soon came to light, and it was all thanks to Elise’s photo.

Let’s talk postpartum bodies! I asked @belleverdiglionephotography to take this photo, just hours after giving birth to Willa, in my rawest and most vulnerable state. I was in pain and I was overcome by a flood of emotions. Elated to have welcomed our beautiful girl and so empowered and proud of what my body and I had just done! It’s a strange feeling to look down and still see a bump, even though you’re holding your baby in your arms, even after doing it three times. It’s not easy to go home with a baby and still have to wear maternity clothes. With my first I was adamant I would just “bounce back”. Everyone would say “you’re young, you’ll loose the baby weight in no time!” But you know what, I didn’t, I never have in fact. With each baby I’ve gained a few more kilos and a few more stretch marks. I used to feel the need to cover up in this newborn stage, I didn’t want to see my body in this state, so why would anyone else? It’s taken me three babies, but I’ve finally realised this postpartum body isn’t something to hide! I am beyond proud for what this body has given and sacralised. I am thankful that my body is able to carry and birth babies naturally. I am NOT ashamed of my (many) new stripes and my postpartum body. And neither should you! Let’s celebrate postpartum bodies, in all their glory. The female body is incredible and I am so proud of what mine has done!

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This is what the post read:

“Let’s talk postpartum bodies! I asked @belleverdiglionephotography to take this photo, just hours after giving birth to Willa, in my rawest and most vulnerable state. I was in pain and I was overcome by a flood of emotions. Elated to have welcomed our beautiful girl and so empowered and proud of what my body and I had just done! It’s a strange feeling to look down and still see a bump, even though you’re holding your baby in your arms, even after doing it three times. It’s not easy to go home with a baby and still have to wear maternity clothes. With my first I was adamant I would just “bounce back”. Everyone would say “you’re young, you’ll loose the baby weight in no time!” But you know what, I didn’t, I never have in fact. With each baby I’ve gained a few more kilos and a few more stretch marks. I used to feel the need to cover up in this newborn stage, I didn’t want to see my body in this state, so why would anyone else? It’s taken me three babies, but I’ve finally realized this postpartum body isn’t something to hide! I am beyond proud for what this body has given and sacralised. I am thankful that my body is able to carry and birth babies naturally. I am NOT ashamed of my (many) new stripes and my postpartum body. And neither should you! Let’s celebrate postpartum bodies, in all their glory. The female body is incredible and I am so proud of what mine has done!”

Needless to say, a lot of commenters came in to voice their opinion on the matter.

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Her brave post connected a lot of women, who had all suffered from body issues after giving birth.

“Your post reminded me that my body did something wonderful and looks [this] way for a wonderful reason,” user @mamiramey, a mother to seven commented.

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Elise went on to write another post, in response to the overwhelmingly positive feedback that her previous one had received.

Family is everything ❤️

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Elise told her followers:

“Just like many women do, I too used to look up to the media, celebrities who would show off their supermodel like post baby bodies just weeks after giving birth! I thought that’s how it would be for me too. So when I went home from hospital four days after giving birth, still looking six months pregnant, I thought I must have done something wrong. … How come it took me a year to fit back into my pre baby jeans? Well, because for many women, and for me, this post baby picture that was painted in my head just wasn’t realistic!”

My post labour photo has been shared a few times on the internet this past week. And although I received a huge amount of support and had so many mothers share their own postpartum stories, I also saw many people question my decision to share such a personal photo publicly on the internet. So I thought I’d explain why. When I was pregnant with Peyton I really had no idea what post birth was really like, and you don’t fully understand until you actually have a baby! I was one of the first of my friends to get pregnant, so I didn’t have that support group to ask all those TMI questions about pregnancy and birth. My doctor was more concerned about setting a medically unnecessary induction date rather than explaining to me what post birth would be like! No one told me the reality of the fourth trimester. I had no idea you could still look so pregnant even after giving birth. Everyone told me I was young, I would bounce straight back, and I believed them. Just like many women do, I too used to look up to the media, celebrities who would show off their supermodel like post baby bodies just weeks after giving birth! I thought thats how it would be for me too. So when I went home from hospital four days after giving birth, still looking six months pregnant, I thought I must have done something wrong. How come I didn’t look like they did post baby? How come I didn’t bounce back straight away like everyone said I would? How come it took me a year to fit back into my pre baby jeans? Well, because for many women, and for me, this post baby picture that was painted in my head just wasn’t realistic! There’s so much pressure from society and from ourselves to look a certain way post baby, but for many that’s not the case, and that’s ok! I posted that photo because I wish someone had posted a photo just like mine when I was pregnant. I wish that someone had told me what realistically might happen to my body and to my mind. The fourth trimester is such a taboo topic. I want other mums also walking in my shoes to know that they’re not alone. That whatever their postpartum journey may be, it’s ok, it’s normal and it should always be priaised! I did it for me, for you and for her!

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Props to Elise for actually opening young women’s eyes to the truth about postpartum bodies!

Source: auntyacid

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