With so much influence from social media, it's almost impossible for news moms to not feel pressure about their postpartum bodies. Although many moms stress about stretch marks or scarring, one mom is hoping that her messages about self-love can speak to anyone struggling to accept her postpartum body.
After welcoming her son over a year ago, Mia Redworth realized that she had such high expectations for her body because she never really saw what the average woman looked like after giving birth. "The shock of realizing what the majority of women look like after a baby hit me hard," she wrote on Instagram, which is why she "decided to step up" and help anyone in need.
Mia frequently posts side-by-side transformation photos from after her C-section birth to her current body to explain that we're all human and our bodies change after giving birth. After adjusting her fitness regimen and emotionally coming to terms with the way her body has changed, Mia tried on one of her old pre-baby skirts, and though it could barely button up after giving birth, she was now able to close it. "Don't focus so much on sizes," she wrote. "It's all about if you're happy with the way your body looks."
Mia recently posted a side-by-side photo to show her followers the difference between posing in photos and her natural stance, which happens to reveal some bloating, according to the honest mom. "REALITY CHECK!" she captioned the photo above, showing an unposed photo on one side and a posed photo on the other. "No one is perfect. I have stretch marks from carrying a baba for 42 weeks, a little tummy pouch from a emergency C-section, I have eczema from stress on my stomach, and spend most of my time looking like the picture on the left! No awful tease that promise the world can fix this, humans just get bloated! It's totally normal and fine to look like this."
She continued to discuss the difference of Instagram versus reality and it's an important message that all moms can appreciate. "Stop thinking everyone on Instagram looks like how they do in pictures 24/7 because 98 percent of the time they've taken 100 pictures and picked the best one to upload," she wrote. "Stop being so harsh on your bodies. You're gorgeous and perfect with your imperfections, a bloated belly, or while you're posing looking your best. Self-love is the most important thing to give yourself, so stop fighting it."
Keep reading to see some more of Mia's empowering postpartum body messages.