New mom Lexi Sinclair was playing at the pool with her 4-month-old son, Christian, when she received some unsolicited advice about her choice of swimwear.
In an August 2 Facebook post that has since gone viral, the 21-year-old from Kansas City, Missouri, chronicled her exchange with the body-shaming stranger who approached her as she was tending to her baby.
“While putting Christian’s pool hat on, a woman (maybe mid 50s) comes up and makes conversation with me about Christian. Asking me his age, how much he weighs, how he sleeps, etc.” Sinclair wrote. “She then proceeded to tell me that the men at the pool would feel more comfortable if I was in a one-piece swim suit because a bikini isn’t appropriate for a mother, especially one who’s ‘still recovering.’”
Rather than seethe in silence, Sinclair took a deep breath and chose to stand up for herself. “I just smiled, kissed my son and told her, ‘I’m proud of my body. In just one year I’ve gained 50 pounds, and lost 37. I’ve grown a human and given birth to a beautiful miracle. My body provided food for a child. So, no my body might not be the best sight for other men to see. My stretch marks and tummy pudge might not be sexy … To be honest, I don’t give a tiny rats ass what other men, or a prissy twit like you think. Have a nice day though.”
The post has been shared more than 23,000 times.
Sinclair tells Us Weekly that while she wasn’t offended by the woman, she worried about her next victim. “I was hurt for other mothers that don’t have the confidence that I do,” she says.
In the meantime, you can find her at the pool in, yes, a bikini. “I can’t pretend my post-baby body is what I wish it was, but I also won’t feel ashamed that I have it,” Sinclair tells Us Weekly. “I want other moms to know it’s OK to wear what you want to wear. Scars and stretch marks are just proof you’ve loved someone more than you love yourself.”
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