Mum shared an image of her stretch marks on Instagram saying ‘loose skin and stretch marks are nothing to be ashamed of.’
Abagail said on Instagram that stretch marks and loose skin were ‘nothing to be ashamed of’, and her post has been liked more than 16,000 times by fellow mums thrilled to see her ‘embracing her stripes’, shares Daily Mail.
Posting the snap of herself dressed in a crop top and pants while holding her baby daughter, Abagail wrote: ‘I’ve earned my stripes and am embracing them more and more every day.
‘Postpartum bodies are different but show the beauty of being given the chance to bring life into this world.’
In another post, the new mother said: ‘We give up our bodies to create our children, our bodies change and gain perfect imperfections that we should be celebrating, not shaming.’
Her posts on Instagram have been widely praised by other new mothers.
She told People: ‘I was tired of seeing the ‘perfect’ plastic bodies that the media portrays.
‘I wanted other mothers to see that they are not alone. That the loose skin and stretch marks are nothing to be ashamed of.’
She has, however, admitted that it took her a while to become confident with her new look body.
Abagail said: ‘Just after [my daughter’s] birth I felt extremely insecure about my body.
‘Not only did I have all the extra skin and stretch marks, I had a big caesarean scar to go along with it.’
She adds that she struggled with weight gain during pregnancy and wondered how her body would be after giving birth.
The new mother said it was only when she took the photograph of herself holding her daughter that she realised that her scars were ‘earned.’
Ultimately, she said: ‘This is a normal postpartum body.
‘We see pictures of fitness models snapping back from a pregnancy. But how many of us are fitness models?
‘It makes women think our bodies are not okay or not normal when they are.
‘I hope it inspired mothers and even women without children to accept themselves and embrace their bodies.’
A mark for every breath you took, every blink, every sleepy yawn. One for every time you sucked your thumb and slept in perfect darkness. One for every dream you dreamt. It was your home and where I grew to love you. I’ve earned my stripes and am embracing them more and more everyday. ???? postpartum bodies are different but show the beauty of being given the chance to bring life into this world. #lovemymombod #postpartumqueen
The love of my life. We give up our bodies to create our children, our bodies change and gain perfect imperfections that we should be celebrating not shaming. Women are amazingly powerful creatures ✊???? stop the body shaming. #lovemymombod #postpartumqueen
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