How This Fierce Mom Found the 'Courage' to Share Her Postpartum Body

A mom recently shared an unfiltered look at her postpartum body....and the message behind it is so relatable for all the other new mamas out there.

There's no doubt about it: New moms face incredible amounts of pressure to "snap back" to their pre-baby bodies. As if the airbrushed images of famous mamas weren't enough, let's not forget about the comments women face in the postpartum period.

"Don't worry, you'll lose the baby weight in no time!" and "How many pounds left 'till you're at your pre-pregnancy weight?" are bad enough—but then there's the "when are you due?" and "are you having a boy or girl?" variety. You know, the questions pregnant women spend 40-ish week fielding...only to continue hearing them after they've delivered. 

New mama Anupa King is no stranger to these comments—but she is a champ at letting them roll off her back while keeping in mind that her body did a truly amazing thing. 

King shared an unfiltered before-and-after shot of her body during and after pregnancy...and she admitted it took "courage" to post the photo. 

Remember my first naked belly pregnant shot where I had to build up enough courage to share... Well times that by like a million for this post belly shot comparison. The first image was taken hours before Levi was born and the second taken today at 3 weeks postpartum but I like to think 2 weeks since the first week of postpartum didn't really happen due on a large chunk of my placenta being forgotten in my uterus at birth. One of the main reasons I share this, as most of you know, THIS is a marathon/dancer's body and while that can mean I'll bounce back in no time it clearly doesn't. Especially now too that my body is producing all of Levi's food... I really do admire all the mamas out there that say breastfeeding get their bodies back in shape... For me it'll take me back on the trails for some long distance running to feel like myself again. Yesterday, I was asked by the baker at my supermarket: "Are you having a girl or a boy?" and that would have really hit some soft spots/nerves with me...I mean I'm not pregnant anymore but I sure do look it... instead I smiled and nicely said I had a boy. 😊 After I left the supermarket I realised I absolutely love my body and am so super proud of it hence the reason I chose to share this post image with you. And however long it takes for my body to journey back to where it was once were then that's fine... I know it'll find it's way until then I'll continue to be kind knowing that it's doing exactly what it needs to be doing right now for me and for Levi! . . PS... For all those who've been asking about the flip and flash cards we use with Mikey on insta-stories, they are the Dr. Seuss collection. I'll do another post today showing more. 🤗 . . . . #dearestviewfinder #themommydiary #clickinmoms #soulfocusinspired #babiesofig #humansofjoy #honestmotherhood #momlife #lightinspired #jj_kids #jj_its_kids #treasuringlittlememories #ig_kids #igers_kids #thepursuitofjoyproject #childreningram #MagicOfChildhood #ourchildrenphoto #simplejoys #tv_pointofview #expofilm #kidsmood #lightslove #stunning_shots #magic #bicfp #childhoodeveryday #realparenthood #transformationtuesday

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"Remember my first naked belly pregnant shot where I had to build up enough courage to share... Well times that by like a million for this post belly shot comparison," she wrote. "The first image was taken hours before Levi was born and the second taken today at 3 weeks postpartum but I like to think 2 weeks since the first week of postpartum didn't really happen due on a large chunk of my placenta being forgotten in my uterus at birth."

King was quick to point that she's remarkably fit and active (she's a dancer and regularly posts pictures of herself while working out). But while people are quick to assume fit women will bounce back practically overnight, King made it clear that it isn't always that immediate. She also touched on an experience that'll ring true for so many postpartum women out there. 

Yesterday, I was asked by the baker at my supermarket: "Are you having a girl or a boy?" and that would have really hit some soft spots/nerves with me," she wrote. "I mean I'm not pregnant anymore but I sure do look it... instead I smiled and nicely said I had a boy. 😊 After I left the supermarket I realised I absolutely love my body and am so super proud of it hence the reason I chose to share this post image with you. And however long it takes for my body to journey back to where it was once were then that's fine."

We love this mom's healthy, body-positive attitude! The pressure new mothers face is seriously unfair....but if women like King continue to get real about the postpartum experience, that just might change.

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