Instagram Fitness Star Alexa Jean Brown’s Honest Photo of Her Postpartum Belly Goes Viral 

 

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! ?

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When fitness guru Alexa Jean Brown took to Instagram on Thursday, January 19, just four weeks after giving birth, it wasn’t to show off a photo of any post-baby six-pack abs — but rather her “squishy, droopy flub.”

“As much as it’s my job to motivate you, I also believe it’s my job to be relatable and honest,” began the 26-year-old, who boasts more than 2 million followers. “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.”

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In her now viral post, the mom of daughter, Logan, 3, and 5-week-old-week son Blake, based in Peoria, Arizona, went on to recall a photo of a woman who was just one day postpartum with a flat stomach. “I instantly felt the pressure to measure up,” she admitted. But things didn’t go according to plan — and Brown is okay with that.

“As bummed as I was that I didn’t just bounce right back to my pre-baby body,” she wrote, “I can’t help but feel so amazed that this body created two beautiful babies.”

Her inspiring post racked up more than 107,000 likes and 5,000 comments.

There has been increasing pressure for moms to snap back, with more and more fitness bloggers (not to mention celebrities) sharing pictures of their rock-hard abs just days after giving birth. “I think people are getting the idea that if they work out during their pregnancy, they’ll just walk out of the hospital looking like they didn’t have a baby — and that’s not always the case,” Brown tells Us Weekly. “I stayed very active and ate a balanced diet, and I still ended up with flabby skin and extra weight. It’s up to us women to come together and be more transparent with one another.” 

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