New Mom's Post-Baby Body 'Transformation' Photo Will Change the Way You See Stretch Marks


Society likes to put an insane amount of pressure on women, but it feels almost especially heightened after a woman just gives birth. There is an obsession surrounding getting your pre-baby body back, which is ironic because once you grow life, it can never be the same. New mom Lindsay Wolf has already (and happily) embraced this fact. 


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In a raw Instagram post, Wolf shared a side-bye-side photo of her 23-year-old "before body" next to her 33-year-old "after body" with a gorgeous caption. The first part reads:

"On the left is a 23-year-old woman who literally thought she was chubby in the picture shared. She was self-conscious, critical of her physical shape, and always either on a diet or rebelling from one. She only saw flaws in the mirror. She acted happy, but there was definitely a restlessness, because she was worried about what would happen if she physically became anything other than what she was (which was not good enough for her anyway)."

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The caption continues:

"On the right is a 33-year-old woman who is learning to love her body without pressuring it to be anything other than what it is. She is trying out self-love & body positivity for a change. She is getting to the heart of why, at 23, she hated her body so much. And in the process, she is healing a lifelong struggle of never fully seeing herself for the extraordinary human being she is."

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Wolf credits the body-positivity movement for being able to accept her post-baby body, stretch marks and all. As she wrote in a personal essay for Babble:

"In the bodies of so many women who have learned to love themselves, I begin to see myself. The more I witness these courageous examples, the more I have hope for my own journey. The woman I see today in the mirror is most definitely not a version of me I'm used to. She has expanded, she has softened, and she has strengthened."

Our bodies, be they pre- or post-baby, are beautiful as they are, and our changes are just as remarkable.

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