There is rarely a day that goes by when we aren't bombarded with images of celebrities, models, or even fitness bloggers who gave birth three seconds ago and have already dropped all the weight and wiped out all evidence of stretch marks. Look, some women have secret tummy tucks and others are purely and truly genetically predispositioned to lose the weight quickly -- I don't feel there's anything wrong with their enviable selfies.
But lest we forget that a great many women -- most, I'm going to say -- aren't going to have washboard abs one month postpartum, this amazing and brave blogger and mom of three is here to remind us that we shouldn't be ashamed of our real postpartum bodies. And she's willing to prove it by sharing photos of her own body 11 months after giving birth to twins.
Shannon, who also has a toddler, created her Game of Diapers blog when she was on maternity leave with her twins. She's since posted several photos of herself because she says she understands how easy it is to feel "fat" and become depressed after giving birth. She feels we need to cut ourselves some slack and wants other moms to know they're not going through it alone. "As odd as my belly looks now, I love it because it was the home of my babies, and I wouldn't change it," Shannon says.
Shannon gained 52 pounds with her twins. But she learned from the mistake she made after giving birth to her first child, when she killed herself trying to lose weight quickly. By simply eating well, walking, and breastfeeding, she says she lost her baby weight the second time around in more or less the same timeframe -- AND saved herself all of that added stress.
Here are photos of Shannon, including shots of her tummy:
Kudos to Shannon for sharing her photos! She's an inspiration to all new moms.
Do you feel these photos accurately reflect what many women look like after giving birth?
Images via Game of Diapers