If you’ve ever been pregnant and had a baby, you know firsthand the physical toll and aftereffects your body will experience. For 40 weeks, you grow an actual human being inside of a very small space, and then when the baby finally emerges (FINALLY), you’re left with a postpartum body that most likely doesn’t come close to resembling what yours looked like before. The days and weeks following the birth of a child are insane, and coming to grips with what you see when you look down can be hard.

Mel Watts, who goes by The Modern Mumma online, recently shared a c-section selfie of what her tummy looked like before and after her cesarean section, to show what having a baby REALLY looks like.

📸 Top photo 30 weeks pregnant Bottom photo 4 days post Caesarean section. Wow. Honestly it's no castle or bloody piece of art. Sure it's filled with stretch marks and dimples. But this body, this one the one I own gave me another life. Another small human to love and to hold. It held onto him for 9 months and sheltered him, protected him and prepared him for the day he was born. So many times I've doubted my body, so many times I've pinched and pulled at sections that I didn't like. In reality this body has done everything I'd ever want it to do. Sure it's not magazine or swimsuit worthy to some. But to me and my husband, it's the place that grew our babies. It's the place that everything we love most started. And that's all that counts right?! We feel as though we need to follow society's stigma on what we should look like when in fact we should just do what we feel works for us. No body has the same body And every body has their own body. Enjoy it.

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The caption on her IG photo, which has garnered thousands of likes and comments from other mamas who can relate, reads:

Top photo 30 weeks pregnant 
Bottom photo 4 days post Caesarean section. 
Wow.
Honestly it’s no castle or bloody piece of art. 
Sure it’s filled with stretch marks and dimples. 
But this body, this one the one I own gave me another life. Another small human to love and to hold. 
It held onto him for 9 months and sheltered him, protected him and prepared him for the day he was born. So many times I’ve doubted my body, so many times I’ve pinched and pulled at sections that I didn’t like. In reality this body has done everything I’d ever want it to do. Sure it’s not magazine or swimsuit worthy to some. But to me and my husband, it’s the place that grew our babies. It’s the place that everything we love most started. And that’s all that counts right?! We feel as though we need to follow society’s stigma on what we should look like when in fact we should just do what we feel works for us. 
No body has the same body
And every body has their own body. 
Enjoy it.”

Image: Giphy

Image: Giphy

Our bodies can do insane and magical things, and we need to respect them after they’ve GROWN A PERSON. The last thing a new mom should be worried about it what her belly looks like, but we know the pressure that comes with bouncing back like a celebrity after birth. Every pregnancy is different, every delivery is different, and every postpartum body is different, but every single one is amazing and perfect and every woman should be honored for being the bad-ass she is after having a baby!

 

Love and respect those bellies, ladies, you’ve earned them.

(Image: Facebook / The Modern Mumma; Instagram / @themodernmumma)