This Mom Shows Us The Truth About “Bouncing Back” After a Baby

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Relax people, she does not have a six-pack four weeks after giving birth.
Alexa Jean Brown runs her own fitness guide company and has nearly 2 million followers on Instagram.

She recently got pregnant with her second child and she kept working out until the very end of her pregnancy, but that doesn’t mean that her body is as flawless as it was.

Four weeks after giving birth, Alexa posted two selfies revealing her belly with a powerful caption about what’s really going down after giving birth:

 

“As much as it’s my job to motivate you, I also believe it’s my job to be relatable and honest,” Alexa wrote in her caption. “Our society has put this idea in our heads that women have to bounce right back after having a baby, but that’s typically just not realistic… I have more stretch marks and belly rolls and that’s perfectly NORMAL and OKAY.”

This is me 4 weeks post birth. As much as its my job to motivate you I also believe it's my job to be relatable and honest. Our society has put this idea in our heads that women have to bounce right back after having a baby, but that's typically just not realistic. This is not the truth for most of us. I have more stretch marks and belly rolls and that's perfectly NORMAL and OKAY. I remember being part way through this pregnancy seeing this woman online 1-day post partum with a flat tummy and abs thinking to myself, "wowie, I hope I can pull that off". I instantly felt the pressure to measure up. Then fast forward to my 1-day post partum body and it was more of the squishy, droopy flub that I remember after my first baby. As bummed as I was that I didn't just bounce right back to my pre-baby body, I can't help but feel so amazed that this body created two beautiful babies. If you're finding yourself obsessing about, feeling ashamed of or apologizing for the appearance of your body, even if you haven't just had a child, STOP. Our bodies are incredible and amazing and we need to love every inch of it. Lots of love to all of the other amazing mommies out there! 💜

A post shared by Alexa Jean Brown (@alexajeanfitness) on Jan 19, 2017 at 10:45am PST

Still, this isn’t the first time Alexa has opened up about her insecurities. “I have a constant need for approval. I care way too much about what people think. I was bullied in middle school. I’ve been divorced. I had a child before I was married. I have a phobia of germs. I overthink this parenting thing way too much,” she once wrote in an Instagram post.

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