Some women like to post photos of their newborn alongside their taut abs, flawless eyelashes and perfectly styled hair, other women like to lay it all bare - scars, stretch marks, discolouration and puffy eye bags in tow. Some women choose to work really hard to lose their baby weight and others dig deep and learn to embrace the changes and the challenges of a post-baby body. Either way, it's whatever works for you. We're all real women and our bodies are all real - however harsh we are towards them when we enter motherhood.
Naturally, having a baby and going through pregnancy will change our bodies but it's how we choose to treat that new body that really counts.
One woman who's learning to embrace her post-baby transformation, with all its quirks, is mummy blogger and all round legend, Mel Watts.
Four days after her caesarean she bravely captured the reality of giving birth, sharing an up close image of her baby belly.
She captioned the image: "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 I own gave me another life. Another small human to love and 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 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 do what we feel works for us. No body has the same body. And every body has their own body. Enjoy it."
Most of the comments were encouraging, praising Mel for her positivity and thanking her for encouraging them to embrace their bodies. But sadly there were a small handful that branded her 'revolting'. Despite defending the negative comments as 'totally ok' she clapped back in yet another kickass body confidence post.
So ladies, whether you're celebrating your 'mum bod' with a reclaimed six pack or just a six pack of doughnuts, how about we do as Mel says and just embrace each other!
You can find Mel blogging at The Modern Mumma .
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