This New Zealand mum is fighting against the expectation for new mums to “bounce back” to their pre-birth body.
Julie Bhosale, a nutritionist from New Zealand, documented her postpartum body after giving birth to her second son in January.
She posted the beautiful pics to her blog.
“I really struggled with all the body changes I went through after the birth of my first son. I felt a lot of pressure to get my body back – and expected that because I was fit and healthy it should be easy,” she told HuffPost UK Parents.
“I also struggled to breastfeed my son and so my confidence in myself and has a women and as a mum was really low. So after the birth of my second son I did this as I thought it may help just one mum not feel so alone.”
She shared the candid photos of her with her shirt rolled up and admitted to the Huffington Post that she was “very nervous”.
“I was worried about being judged and people making negative comments – I am a mum after all.
“But I have just been blown away by all the comments, messages, feedback and sharing of the blog. I stay up late at night reading them all and many of them have brought me to tears.”
Pre and Post birth
The mum-of-two has been overwhelmed with comments since she posted her story on her blog. She told HuffPost about one positive comment from a fellow new mum.
“Thank you so much. You have made me feel so much better.
“I have just had my first baby (he’s one week old) and I feel my body is wrecked. Your positive story and reminder to have realistic expectations is inspirational. Thank you so much.”
Two days after birth
“In case you are wondering – that lovely scar down my belly is from some major abdominal surgery I went through as a 21 year old.
“Was split open 6 times after an appendix operation went wrong. Two pregnancies has morphed and stretched this,” she wrote on her blog.
Two weeks after birth
“You have incredible strength and love and put your children’s needs ahead of your own every single day – love yourself for this sacrifice.”
Ten weeks postpartum
“Give yourself time, time to recover and find yourself again (your new self) after your baby and when you are ready (not society says you are ready) you can start to repair your body.”
Fourteen weeks postpartum
“You may not look like the next Victoria’s Secret Underwear model, but focus on how you feel. Be kind to yourself and your body, you will look like how you are meant to when you feel good. It may take some time.”
Julie Bhosale with her family
She ended her blog post on a positive, supportive note for all other new mums out there.
“Doing what is right for you and your family takes courage, takes strength and as a mother, you have both. Nourish and love from the inside out and do not forget:
“You are beautiful, you are amazing, you are a mother.”