WWE Star Posts Refreshingly Honest Alternative to 'Body After Baby' Selfie

Star wrestler Eva Torres is the latest celebrity to share a photo of her postpartum body—but her picture is unlike so many of the other shots out there, and we applaud her for it.

We've all seen plenty of women who seem to drop their baby weight in mere weeks—celebrities, fitness stars, models, those everyday women we know who are just metabolically blessed. Because of this, it can be easy to believe that baby weight is just supposed to slide right off right after delivery. That's why we're loving WWE star Eva Torres for posting a real, relatable shot of her post-baby body, along with a message explaining the significance of the photo.

"I had originally taken this photo one week after I gave birth to Raeven with the intention of putting it side by side with my future 'skinny' body after I lost all my baby weight 'in just 4 weeks!' (Like they do in the magazines). Well 4 weeks passed. And then 4 months. And we are almost at a year, and I still haven't reached my pre-baby body, and maybe never will," she wrote.

After watching the film #EMBRACE I felt moved to make this post. I had originally taken this photo one week after I gave birth to Raeven with the intention of putting it side by side with my future "skinny" body after I lost all my baby weight 'in just 4 weeks!' (Like they do in the magazines). Well 4 weeks passed. And then 4 months. And we are almost at a year, and I still haven't reached my pre-baby body, and maybe never will. And yet, I am proud of my body, and I feel healthy as ever. I realized that the only "after" picture that matters is a happy, healthy mommy with her happy, healthy baby. I wish new moms wouldn't be burdened with the pressure to get back into pre-baby shape so quickly. Exercise (when your body is ready), eat for health, love yourself & your child, and let your body do whatever it's meant to do after the amazing feat of creating a human. #IHaveEmbraced #selflove #loveyourbody #pregnancy #postpartum

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In a world where drastic postpartum weight loss stories seem to get the most attention, it can be so hard to hold on to the idea that, for most women, getting back to pre-baby shape takes a lot of time and effort. A lot of women won't ever look exactly the same, and that's not a bad thing. 

At the end of the day, all that matters is that you're healthy and happy. Accepting your changed body for what it is isn't easy, but it's an important thing to wrap your head around, and it's something Eva has managed to do.

"I am proud of my body, and I feel healthy as ever. I realized that the only 'after' picture that matters is a happy, healthy mommy with her happy, healthy baby. I wish new moms wouldn't be burdened with the pressure to get back into pre-baby shape so quickly," she wrote alongside the same photo.

Can we get an "amen?" That pressure she referenced? It's real, and it comes from so many sources, both internal and external. But ultimately, it's just not worth it. 

Are you as inspired by this post as we are? Does seeing another woman who admits she doesn't look exactly the same after having a baby help you take some of the pressure off yourself?

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