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.’

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  • i think that she wears them well. it is natural and nothing to be ashamed of, really.


  • Definitely trting to come to terms with mine. It helps that my partner keeps telling me how sexy he finds me and how beautiful and happy i look as a mum


  • A baby stretches your skin to fit into your stomach until he/she is born.
    A Mum who thinks she won’t have any stretch marks must be kidding herself


  • If you have a hot bod after baby you get shamed for showing it off, if you have a me type bod after baby you get shamed for showing it, doesn’t matter these days, we will never get it right!


  • This comparing of bodies with other women is so unhealthy. We are who we are in the body we have, which doesn’t add or take away from our personal value.


  • love this honest post – a great way to inspire other mum’s with their stripes – thanks for sharing


  • So good to see stretch marks on someone else’s legs! I thought I was the only one.


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