Social Media Isn't Always Accurate, and This Side-by-Side Shot Proves It

Think what you see on social media is always a reflection of reality? This mom's post proves otherwise.

Social media can be a wonderful thing, but it can also be downright destructive. It's particularly dangerous during and after pregnancy: We see these perfect bump photos, videos of full-term preggos exercising with insane amounts of energy, shots of women rocking flat tummies at 2 weeks postpartum...the list could go on forever.

But here's the thing we all need to remember: Social media rarely tells the whole story. People only post the most flattering looks at their own lives, after all—and if you put enough energy into varnishing the image, you can put forth a representation that barely resembles reality.

New mom Mia Redworth shared her own take on this: Redworth, who has a 13-month-old son, posted a side-by-side shot of herself to make a point about how deceptive social media can be. And the message behind the post? Well, it's pretty fantastic. 

REALITY CHECK❗️ ✖️bloated vs posing ✖️no one is perfect, I have stretch marks from carrying a baba for 42 weeks, a little tummy pouch from a emergency c section, I have eczema from stress on my stomach and spend most of my time looking like the picture of the left! No awful teas that promise the world can fix this, humans just get bloated! It's totally normal and fine to look like this. Stop thinking everyone on Instagram looks like how they do in pictures 24/7 because 98% of the time they've taken 100 pictures and picked the best one to upload. Stop being so harsh on your bodies. You're gorgeous and perfect with your imperfections, a bloated belly or while you're posing looking your best. Self love is the most important thing to give yourself so stop fighting it ❤️ #bodypositive #fitmum #realitycheck #postpartum #postpartumfitness #csection

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"No one is perfect," Redworth wrote in the image's caption field. "I have stretch marks from carrying a baby for 42 weeks, a little tummy pouch from a emergency c section, I have eczema from stress on my stomach and spend most of my time looking like the picture of the left! No awful teas that promise the world can fix this, humans just get bloated! It's totally normal and fine to look like this. Stop thinking everyone on Instagram looks like how they do in pictures 24/7 because 98% of the time they've taken 100 pictures and picked the best one to upload."

She admitted that simply changing up her pose can drastically alter the way her body looks from minute to minute—and let's not forget that a flattering outfit, a clever camera angle and some light re-touching can also completely change the way someone appears on social media. Redworth's advice for fellow mamas? "Stop being so harsh on your bodies," she wrote. We couldn't agree more: It's high time we all stopped comparing our postpartum bodies to the ones we see on Instagram and on TV. More often than not, they don't paint a complete picture.

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