Former Bachelorette Desiree Hartsock is getting honest about her post-baby body and we are so here for it!
The mother of two gave birth to her son Zander earlier this month and recently shared a postpartum pic taken just a few days after he was born.
“I’m not typically one to document or especially share body image pics but the more and more postpartum pics I see from you all — the more empowering I feel the message can be to new moms — or anyone for that matter,” she wrote on Wednesday, January 16.
“So here I am 4 days postpartum looking like I’m still pregnant but feeling like a supermodel warrior. Haha.”
While she knows it’s going to take her some time to get back to her pre-pregnancy weight, Des is so proud of what she’s been able to do.
“It is an absolute miracle what our bodies can do to carry and deliver a baby and I’m always so fascinated by the sheer wisdom and nature of it all,” she shared.
“The fourth trimester is no joke and needs to be recognized that a woman’s pregnancy journey doesn’t end when the baby arrives — there’s so much healing and recovery that needs to take place physically and mentally when lack of sleep and roller coaster hormones are at work.”
She continued, “Not to mention the post cramping the uterus does to contract back. It’s like labor all over again.”
Rather than pressure women to lose weight after giving birth, the former reality star urged her followers to embrace all body types.
“As a society we need to embrace the beauty of the body during this time and not expect a new mom to just ‘bounce’ back like her body didn’t just go through battle,” she said.
“It’s feeling beautiful and courageous in our own skin no matter the stretch marks, extra weight and whatever else is going on. Grace upon grace upon grace .. for ourselves and each other.”
We love her message!
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