A new mum has shared an exposing post on social media, admitting that she was ‘devastated’ with her post-body baby and was ‘naive’ to think she would bounce back to her former self quickly.
Revie Schulz, a new mum and fitness blogger, took to Instagram to share her postpartum body reality and tell the truth about her journey after giving birth.
Revie, who is known for her online training programmes, shared three images that show her pregnant, one month after giving birth and nine months after giving birth.
The mum-of-one admits that originally she was going to keep the middle picture a secret, only showing her stomach whilst pregnant, and then again nine months later when she felt more confident.
‘Originally, this was just a Before and After photo; In for 9 months (or 41 weeks +3 days to be exact) and out for 9 months but something just didn’t feel right about that.
‘And although it was tough to share this middle image (one month postpartum), I think it’s very important in this case.’
Revie continued to say that being a health coach herself made her think she would look ‘a little bloated’ after birth before returning to normal, which she has now realised isn’t her ‘reality’.
‘I am a coach, a healthy, active-living influencer and I was totally naïve to think what my body would look like post birth.
‘I really thought, being healthy, fit and young would mean I would be like so many other mama’s I saw on Instagram who simply, had baby and looked a little bloated afterwards.
‘It just was not my reality.’
The Australian native continued to confess that her new body made her feel ‘shocked’ and ‘confused’.
‘To say I was shocked would be an understatement, I was confused, saddened even. On one hand I was on cloud nine with the best thing that’s ever happened to me and on the other I was totally devastated about the mess and havoc it left on my body.
‘I had a tough time accepting my postpartum body and I think it needs to be known that not all people embrace their bodies straight away.’
Revie opened up about helping other women by sharing her journey.
‘I love my child more than anything, but I love my body too. It’s okay to take time to adjust to these changes.
‘So to help others realise the reality of some postpartum journeys, like my own, I added the During pic.’
The fitness instructor explained that she continued to work out between three and five times a week after giving birth, sometimes for just 10 minutes, but realises now that it was ‘so worth it’.
‘If I could go back to myself at one month postpartum, I’d say – Rev, It is okay to cry, it doesn’t make you selfish. Give it time lovely, you will be able to embrace your body again.’
The post has received a lot of positive attention with hundreds of mums sending their thanks to the Instagram star.
One social media user said, ‘thank you so so much for this. I’ve been struggling and it’s so good to know that I’m not the only one who’s felt this way’
Whilst another agreed, ‘I needed this so much, thank you for your post.’
A third said, ‘I love the middle image it feels so much more real and makes the ‘after’ pic feel more achievable.’