‘I am a mother. I am tired, broken and sore. I have lumps, bumps, marks and jiggly bits’, Australian nutritionist Julia Bhosale begins her super inspiring #takebackpostpartum body blog that’s just gone viral.
Because how many times have we seen celebrities give birth, and then a few weeks later they’re out on the red carpet looking with a tummy as taut and flat as a pancake?
The likes of Kate Middleton, Abbey Clancy and Rosamund Pike have all given mums an unrealistic expectation that after giving birth, your body simply springs back to how it was within weeks. But Julia’s here to get real with us all.
Speaking to every mother who feels the pressure to bounce back into shape straight after giving birth, Julia says: ‘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 down right 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’.
24 hours after giving birth, Julia states the honest truth with a picture of her naked tummy. ‘Regardless of how you birthed your child (aka watermelon), you can still look and feel like you have a watermelon (or two) inside you.’
One week on? Julia looks happy and healthy, and her bump is only slightly reduced. ‘Back at home. Still rocking my pjs. Still got a lumpy, squishy watermelon belly’, she writes. ‘Oh yes and somehow I am meant to fit into my pre-pregnancy clothes right (hahaha that’s a joke right?).’
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Two weeks on. ‘Tummy still swollen, shrinking but swollen. I am still bleeding’, Julia writes next to a picture of her smiling with her new bubba in her arms.
What about 14 weeks? Julia explains she feels a little more like her old self, but by no means has she shed the post-baby tum for good.
‘A tummy that appears ‘flat’ but has the stretch marks, the skin, the sunken scar and abs which have not yet healed’, she writes after lifting up her top. ‘It’s our best kept secret as mothers.’
Julia’s account is not only fascinatingly honest, but also important. Because as she reminds us all under every single post:
‘You are beautiful, you are amazing, you are a mother.’