Mother sets record straight on post-baby bodies by sharing stomach photos

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Julie Bhosale, a blogger, nutritionist and mom, is setting the record straight on how post-baby bodies really look

Bhosale shared photos of what her stomach looked like after giving birth to two children. She commented on the pressure mothers often feel to bounce back to their former bodies after pregnancy, especially with widespread media coverage of celebrities whose post-baby bodies look “amazing.”

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Image: Julie Bhosale

She said this aspiration is unrealistic:

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 (truly, that is great, Kate Middleton you are amazing!). 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 downright disgusting and upsetting, but it is real and normal. Although I am a qualified health professional, I am also a mother, and my body has also not just ‘bounced back.’ We are starting to see a shift in the media and online with more women sharing the often hidden and unspoken realities of child birth and the effect on your bodies. Read more…

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