When you’ve just given birth, weight loss should be the farthest thing from your mind. After all, you just brought a tiny human being into this world (one that’s pretty demanding). Still, society puts a lot of pressure on women to “bounce back” immediately—and one mom isn’t having it.
Kristen Sullivan recently shared before and after photos of herself on Instagram. In the “before” she’s heavily pregnant; in the after, she’s three weeks postpartum and still has a little belly. “I’m sharing this to show moms that sometimes it doesn’t matter if you’re thin, ate right, and exercised during pregnancy, sometimes your body grows in such a way that simply doesn’t allow you to ‘bounce back,’” she wrote in the caption.
Kristen says she’s seen a bunch of photos from new moms who look amazing just a few days after giving birth, but that’s not realistic for many people. “While I won’t be totally sure till 6 weeks, I have a strong feeling that I’ve got #diastasisrecti (separation of the abs), in which case I’m determined to get the PT I need to heal,” she continued. “I’ve also been wearing a postpartum corset for extra support.”
But, she adds, she’s also “giving [her] body a chance to breathe.” “There is no race to bounce back moms,” she concluded. We’ll get there!!”
Kristen’s post has…