De meeste foto’s die er van het vrouwenlichaam na de bevalling op het internet verschijnen, zien er gelikt uit. Er is nauwelijks striae te bekennen. Het Instagram account Takebackpostpartum geeft een mooie afwisseling tussen alle perfecte foto’s, door ook de schoonheid te tonen van zogenaamde imperfecties die horen bij het vrouwenlichaam na de bevalling.
Het zijn rauwe en eerlijke beelden. Een mooi contrast met andere foto’s op Instagram.
Naast de eerlijke foto’s delen alle moeders ook hun persoonlijke verhaal over hun lichaam. De imperfecties, onzekerheden, trotse gevoelens en de weg naar zelf-acceptatie: het komt allemaal voorbij. Kijk maar mee:
“No more bump shots so me and Margot have had a little selfie instead. One week postpartum and I can honestly say it’s been a lot harder than I ever thought. After having an emergency c-section and delivering Nellie 3 months early I though our full term, planned section would be a breeze. Well in no way have I “bounced back” like I did with Nellie. Will my belly button always look like a cats bum hole? 😆 It’s been a lot easier emotionally but I still cry at least once a day over absolutely nothing and man my poor boobies are running like taps, everything is soaked in breast milk, Margot loves a comfort feed so I’ve spent the last 7 days with her hanging of my nipple whilst contending with Nellie and now this silly blood pressure problem. How an earth do you mummas with more than two do it? Not that I would have it any other way, I’m still utterly and blissfully in baby paradise. There really is nothing I’d rather be doing than mothering my two girls.” @sageandnellie . . . #postpartum #1weekold #1weekpostpartum #4thtrimester #newborn #babygirl #toddlermum #mumoftwo #takebackpostpartum
“I still don’t think I have really come to terms with my new body, while it’s easy to adopt the attitude ‘out of sight, out of mind’ – they are definitely not out of mind. It’s selfish I know, others are having issues falling pregnant and I’m moaning about my stretch marks, marks which without, I wouldn’t have my kids. I am truly grateful for my children. My stretch marks are bad. They look like I’ve been attacked by a wild animal (maybe that’d be a better story to roll with). They’re deep and almost look like burns. I know they will fade over time but I think with the extent of them, it’s likely they’ll always be quite prominent. The tattoo is ruined, but I am not bothered as I hated it anyway. I heard a quote the other day, “For every woman who hates her stretch marks there is a woman wishing she had them”. It really got me thinking. Thinking about the new body I have. I am thankful everyday, don’t get me wrong. The stretch marks a part of me now, a part I am yet to fully accept. Whilst I am almost back to my pre-pregnancy weight, my body is most certainly not the same but I am OK with that. Am I really? Yes and no. I wish I didn’t have my stretch marks but they also tell a story and I now have two beautiful children to show for it. It’s funny because I weigh the same but I am different size and body shape now, my boobs went from a C to a DD and I am not even breastfeeding anymore. I don’t fit any of my old clothes and I can’t stand anything that is tight fitting, although I never did, to be honest. 3 months on from baby #2 and I don’t think I can say I ‘love’ my body but I am coming to terms with the fact that this is my body now. Not everybody gets stretch marks, yay you. I did, and it’s really not the end of the world. It’s my body, there is fuck all I can do to change it so I just have to deal with it and learn to accept it. So here I am, baring it all to you. If anybody else is in the same boat you’ll now you are not alone. It’s tough, I won’t lie. I feel sad when I see people bounce back from their pregnancies. I don’t wish for a perfect body, I just wish I could be comfortable and confident in myself. It will come with time I am sure.” @jessbovey
•B o d y P o s i t i v e• At almost 4 months postpartum, this is my body today. I’m not one of the women who can just ‘bounce back’ after having a baby. I’ve gone back and forth I don’t know how many times about posting this photo. I’ve been trying my best not to get down about my body since having Holden, but it’s been a bit hard at times. There are days when I feel pretty good about myself, and then there are days where I don’t even want to look in the mirror. But every time I start feeling poorly about my body, I remind myself that I just GREW A HUMAN inside of me. For nearly 10 months, my body changed and grew a little more every day with a growing baby inside of it. And that feeling trumps any and all of the poor feelings I have about myself. It makes me snuggle her a little harder and look at her a little longer. Because for me, motherhood isn’t about getting my body back or being able to fit into my pre-pregnancy clothes. It’s about spending every moment possible loving on my precious babe and building that special bond with her. 🖤 Words and image by @august.bea. • • • #postpartum #postpartumbody #nobounceback #thisisme #webothhaverolls #mombod #bodypositive #igrewahumaninthere #takebackpostpartum
“Postpartum is just as beautiful as pregnancy. I am learning to embrace the empty uterus that was my baby’s home for the past 9 months, the wounds and scars that made me a warrior during the birthing process, and everything else that comes along during this transition. As we face a new day, it has its own set of challenges and nursing is something we are working desperately hard to nail down from the beginning. None of it is easy but thats what makes it so damn amazing. I am woman. I am a warrior. I am stronger than I’ve ever been before and I can overcome anything.” ❤️ @lynzyandco #birthwithoutfear #oxytocinvibes #postpartum #postpartumjourney #takebackpostpartum
“I’ve been wanting to share this for awhile now. Almost everyday, I receive messages from other Mums asking me how I look the way that I do. How I got my ‘pre baby body’ back. Here’s the truth ladies – I DIDN’T. I have the excess skin. I don’t have stomach definition the way I used to. My hips are a little wider. I don’t want there to be any misconceptions. My body did not just ‘bounce back’. Now having said that, I work very hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle and to FEEL good in my skin. I may not ever look the way I did before I had the twins. And you know what? I’m OK with that. _ I have arms. I have legs. I can see, hear and experience life. My body has done amazing things, why on earth would I punish it? _ Learn to appreciate what you have. It doesn’t mean you have to stop working for what you want, just show a little self love along the way.” 💕@twinmamadiaries #takebackpostpartum
via @mamaclog Bad lighting Misshapen belly button. Love handles. Wrinkly tummy pooch. Wonky c-section scar. Torn thighs. All worth it to grow and birth my little boy. I refuse to be ashamed. It’s so easy to pick the photo with the best lighting, but that’s not real life. Do not feel disheartened if your postpartum body doesn’t look the same as the mums you see on Instagram. Good lighting and filters hide SO much. I am very active and I eat very well, but some of these marks with stay with me forever no matter what I do. And that’s ok. #AintNoShameInMyMummyTummyGame #TakeBackPostPartum
“16 M O N T H S #postpartum after my twin pregnancy . 30 kilograms get and lost in the shortest time. My mother’s body has made three children and two births. A caesarean section, excess skin, pregnancy strips, and muscles that have pulled apart #rektusdiastase. That’s me. The miracle of life.@ ♥ @derstillzwerg . . #miracleoflife #takebackpostpartum #motherhoodrising #postpartumbody #caesareansection #notks #postpregnancy #mombod #dickbauch #dickbauchdienstag #embracethesquish #afterbabybody #bodylove #positivebody #mombody #mutterkörper #motherlove #mutterliebe #motherhood #mother #♥ #twinspregnancy #twinsinside
Dear Internet, ⠀ ⠀ This is what a body looks like 9 days postpartum. And no, I do not have any interest in trying to “shed 10”, bounce back or get my body back. Don’t sell me wraps, skinny teas or weight loss management kits. ⠀ ⠀ I love this body of mine. It nourished, birthed and continues to feed my precious baby. I appreciate all that it has given me and I honour it’s soft, squishy, life-giving curves. ⠀ ⠀ So thank you for your concern, but we’re all doing just fine here. 😊@misstarateng ⠀ #bodypositive #takebackpostpartum⠀ ⠀ Photo by @oliviaannphotography_
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