In a time when women feel more pressure than ever to snap back a slim waist and flat tummy immediately after giving birth, it’s rare to see full and honest depictions of a post-pregnancy body that doesn’t belong to an over-trained, over-dieted celeb. So when we came across the blog Birth Without Fear‘s collection of images showing what a post-pregnancy belly really looks like, we were relieved. Finally, there’s a depiction of what a) real women look like, without airbrushing or crash dieting, and b) proof that not all women look the same, even after having kids.
There’s a wide range of body types in their post, and they all look great (and if your body doesn’t happen to resemble any of the photos, that’s also okay). But what we love about their post is that it’s honest and brave–and these women shared photos of themselves to comfort other moms and women, rather than to entertain the media or bash anyone’s body. As Birth Without Fear’s author explains:
Many women express concerns about their bodies and the changes they go through when pregnant. There is fear, shame and wonder of the unknown. Our post partum bodies are unique as our pre-pregnancy bodies. It will vary woman to woman. The shape you are pre-pregnancy, how much you grew during your pregnancy and how your body responds post partum. It can take time. You grew a baby 9-10 months, most women will not look the way they did pre-pregnancy over night (some do though). [...] So, to know what you may expect and that you are not alone, I unveil Post Partum Baby Bumps!
Go to her blog to check out more pics, and more amazing inspiration.