When Mum on the Run blogger Laura Mazza shared side-by-side photos of her body before and after having children, it wasn’t to show off her washboard abs. 

“On the left — This was my body before kids,” wrote the mom of Luca, 2, and 7-month-old Sofia in an August 27 Facebook post. “A belly button that was high. A flat stomach. I was always on a diet back then.”

Mazza, 30, went on to reveal that during that period in her life, she ate no carbohydrates and barely any vegetables. “Just meat,” she wrote. “But I loved it because I was losing weight rapidly and the more bone that protruded the more I valued myself.”

The Melbourne, Australia–based student continued: “On the right is me now. Stretch marks. A droopy belly button. Thicker, not many bones protruding…”

“These scars and stretch marks and jiggly tummy is because I made humans,” she explained. “But for some reason, I didn’t love this body. It’s sad. This body didn’t deserve sexy underwear, or a new wardrobe. Sometimes I didn’t even want to take pregnancy photos because I was ashamed of how big I looked.”

Though Mazza admitted she “misses” her old shape, she’s learning to embrace the new one. “I have achieved more with this body, than I have with my old body,” she wrote. “I’ve made life. This body, THIS body should be celebrated and admired.”

She signed off with “Love makes you fat.”

The post received more than 5,000 shares and 12,000 likes.

“I was tired of mourning my old body and showing that photo to people like it was trophy,” Mazza tells Us Weekly. “I have had postnatal depression and my mission is to make other mothers feel better about themselves.

“Your gravestone should read that you lived and loved!” Mazza tells Us. “Not that you regret not eating more kale. Embrace every bump and every curve because that is just as beautiful as being thin, and there are two tiny humans who are in awe of you.” 

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