Instagram is a fun app if you like looking at other people's perfect lives while feeling bad about your own. WOMP WOMP.
One area where Instagram can be especially misleading is in the genre of "post-baby body" pics: those photos of moms who seem to instantaneously "bounce back" into shape after giving birth. These photos can leave new moms feeling inadequate. Which is why some Instagrammers have taken it upon themselves to blow the lid off these seemingly "perfect" photos.
Swedish mommy blogger Sandra Uhrdin is one of these brave Instagram truthers. She recently shared two photos of her own postpartum body, taken two weeks after giving birth, to prove how easily these photos can be manipulated:
THAT BABY IS CUTE AS HELL BTW.
In the caption, she wrote:
It takes time for the body to recover after a pregnancy. It's important to give your body time, no one will be restored overnight ?? My body has given me two healthy boys and I am forever grateful???? 11 days old today!
Am I mad that this woman's "reality" photo, taken 11-days after giving birth, looks like me on a regular day after ingesting a single carb? OF COURSE. But I appreciate her honest message, so I'll let this one go.
And others seem to appreciate her message as well. Her post has wracked up over 18,000 likes in three days, and thousands of supportive, appreciative comments, like these:
So next time you see a photo of a woman on Instagram who looks like she snapped back into "perfect" shape weeks after birth, remember, she might just be wearing high-waisted leggings and sucking in her tummy.
Also WHO CARES?! You just birthed a baby, new moms. You're a freaking champion and are free to lose that baby weight on your own time, if at all. YOU DO YOU, you human-creating miracles.