Embracing motherhood: This Instagram account proves post-pregnancy bodies are beautiful
#takebackpostpartum is an online movement to promote acceptance and help women embrace motherhood with confidence.more lifestyle Updated: Oct 11, 2017 15:17 IST
Blogger and public speaker January Harshe is on a mission.
The mother of six beautiful children wanted women struggling with image issues and fat-shamed to flaunt their post-pregnancy bodies. So, she started an online movement to promote acceptance and help women embrace motherhood with confidence.
She has indeed brought many moms across the world together to break the stigma on her Instagram account “Take Back Postpartum” and encourage other women to participate using the hashtag #takebackpostpartum.
“Life and motherhood are hard even when blessed. We need support not shaming,” Harshe told in an interview to The Huffington Post.
“My hope is that by women changing how they feel about themselves they will be more loving not just to themselves, but to other women as well. We are more powerful and amazing than we realize (sic).”
As a mother herself, Harshe say she relates to the struggles of other women.
“I used to see the world through the mind of a ‘fat’ woman. I realized as I shared my journey of self-acceptance, that all women struggle ... ‘Fat’ is no longer a shameful word to me. I am simply me. A woman, a mother, beautiful,” she says.
Many have been inspired by Harshe’s initiative and have taken to Instagram to share their journey of self-acceptance after giving birth.
“I kept seeing the #takebackpostpartum hashtags and I thought, ‘Wow, these women are so brave to put it all out there.’ I didn’t think I could ever do that,” Britney Asbell told Today.
Asbell says she felt empowered after sharing her post-pregnancy picture and her stretch marks remind her of the “tiny bump” which was once her daughter’s home.
Little Miss and I went on our daily walk this morning and I was just overcome with emotion of how far we've come. It's been over a year since we found out she was on the way. She grew inside of me, my body was the only thing she knew for 9 months. I nourished her, kept her safe and gave her a place to grow until she was ready to join us earth side. In those 9 months I changed. I was so consumed with wanting to prevent stretch marks and planning out how I would get back to my prebaby body. Since I've had this little girl, I don't care so much about vanity. Yes, I want to be healthy and beautiful. I've found beauty within me, I've found beauty in each of those lines on my tummy. I can feel them as I run my fingers across them, this was ma baby's home. This was the first place she knew. This tummy of mine is the first place I felt her, where she captured my love and made her own little place in my heart. I truly desire for all mamas to find the beauty that's within them, look at your body. Really truly look at yourself, do you remember the first time you realized a tiny bump was forming? How about when you felt that sweet baby kick for the very first time? Now think of all the memories of pregnancy, mama you are beautiful! #postpartum #loveyourself #selflove #mombody #iloveme #takebackpostpartum #4thtrimester
“I may not ever look the way I did before I had the twins. And you know what? I’m OK with that…My body has done amazing things, why on earth would I punish it?” another Instagram user @twinmamadiaries shares her experience.
Here’re some of the powerful images from the “Take Back Postpartum” account.
"I've been wanting to share this for awhile now. Almost everyday, I receive messages from other Mums asking me how I look the way that I do. How I got my 'pre baby body' back. Here's the truth ladies - I DIDN'T. I have the excess skin. I don't have stomach definition the way I used to. My hips are a little wider. I don't want there to be any misconceptions. My body did not just 'bounce back'. Now having said that, I work very hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle and to FEEL good in my skin. I may not ever look the way I did before I had the twins. And you know what? I'm OK with that. _ I have arms. I have legs. I can see, hear and experience life. My body has done amazing things, why on earth would I punish it? _ Learn to appreciate what you have. It doesn't mean you have to stop working for what you want, just show a little self love along the way." 💕@twinmamadiaries #takebackpostpartum
"16 M O N T H S #postpartum after my twin pregnancy . 30 kilograms get and lost in the shortest time. My mother's body has made three children and two births. A caesarean section, excess skin, pregnancy strips, and muscles that have pulled apart #rektusdiastase. That's me. The miracle of life.@ ♥ @derstillzwerg . . #miracleoflife #takebackpostpartum #motherhoodrising #postpartumbody #caesareansection #notks #postpregnancy #mombod #dickbauch #dickbauchdienstag #embracethesquish #afterbabybody #bodylove #positivebody #mombody #mutterkörper #motherlove #mutterliebe #motherhood #mother #♥ #twinspregnancy #twinsinside
So well said @deborahpurr. "My belly is soft and squishy. Stretch marks leave textures and color all over. This was her home, this is where she grew till she was ready to join us Earthside. Some people might think that a body has been ruined but I think my body has now been decorated with a symbol of motherhood. I'm a proud mama with her tiger stripes." #takebackpostpartum postpartum #motherhood #selflove #bodypositive #4thtrimester