Athlete mom’s pregnancy photos are going viral on Instagram
Giving birth to a child or multiple children is a beautiful thing for any woman in this world as they are the only ones who have the blessing from the almighty to do so. But in the age of social media, people have to document every minute of their lives and have to look good also.
This rage of instagramming each and every living minute of your life was started by celebrities and female celebrities also tend to post pictures of their pregnancy and post pregnancy bellies on their social media accounts. Their stomachs go back to being like before, after 9 months of stretching due to a living being developing inside, and this makes other women want to follow the same trend and vie for similar looks. In reality, it takes months for your body to return to normal, and might require some work in the gym as well as a healthy diet to help you drop the extra pounds. Furthermore, having something like a postnatal massage at home after giving birth can help you cope with the various aches and pains that still plague a body that isn’t quite used to the idea of not being pregnant anymore.
But a female athlete is giving all those stereotypes and faux images a tight slap with her natural post pregnancy photos and they are going viral, find out why.
1 Who is the mom?
The mom in these viral post-pregnancy pictures is a 32-year-old professional runner Stephanie Rothstein Bruce from Arizona. She is a track and field runner who is training for the Olympics in the 10,000 meters long distance event. She is also mother to a 21 month old daughter and a six month old baby and she has been sharing the images of her post pregnancy belly on her Instagram account.
These pics have been going viral as they show the changes a woman’s body goes through, during a pregnancy and after pregnancy and shows the real changes as it is and not like how celebrities post their post baby tummy.
2 The post-pregnancy pictures
Rothstein Bruce had two babies just 15 months apart and she had lost her amazing abs she had made during her training. But during the pregnancy, she developed diastasis recti, a condition in which the muscles in the stomach get disjointed in order to make room for the growing baby in the womb. After giving birth, she started asking questions like can diastasis recti be fixed without surgery? How long will it take? Can I just put up with it?
She said that after giving birth to her baby, she started thinking it was all too hard for her, physically as well as mentally as she was going through some things to get back to her training. She used to question whether this happens to all the women!
Bruce said that if it is happening to her, then she should share the pictures of real changes that happened to her during the pregnancy. She started sharing pics of her tummy growing during her second pregnancy and the effects of the abdominal muscles splitting during the pregnancy period.
3 The Olympic dream
Ms. Rothstein Bruce is training for the Olympics and aims to qualify for the 10,000 meter race as a part of Team USA. She says that she decided to share the pics of her training and post-pregnancy body to tell the young moms and mothers-to-be, that they can get back into their former self even after having a baby, despite the imperfections and changes that they underwent.
She says that there is nothing to be embarrassed about the changes and she hopes that these pregnancy pictures help women gain more confidence, especially about their looks. Bruce says, “I can run 5:20 pace for a half marathon, but I still pee my pants, have diastasis recti, stretch marks, and other postpartum issues.”
4 The message and reactions
She says that she wants to help other women via these post-pregnancy pictures. She wants to instill confidence in women who have problems with their image and looks after having a baby. She said she herself battled image problems when she started running again after having babies, but she overcame that problem.
Celebrities are known to post images of their post pregnancy body, which is exactly the same as their body before they got pregnant, with no stretch marks or loose skin. But if women see an Olympic level athlete getting back to the tracks with stretch marks and loose skin showing on the abdomen, it may help them overcome their hesitations and they can also get back in shape and go-on with their routine after giving birth, they can help get rid of that post pregnancy belly.
She says that she is getting amazing replies on her pictures. She says, “There are a lot of women who are like, ‘Wow, this is exactly what I look like.’ They think elite runners are like super humans who roll out of bed and were born with six-pack abs, but that’s not the reality. We work really hard at it.”
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