Celebrity moms embrace their post-baby stretch marks and bodies

Celebrity moms embrace their post-baby stretch marks and bodies

Ashley Graham is the latest celebrity mom to proudly show off her stretch marks. 

Ashley Graham
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The first few days, weeks, and months after giving birth are tough on new moms for various reasons, but one thing they should not stress about is how they look. 

Women have often been made to feel insecure about their weight gain and changing bodies after welcoming a human into the world. 

Those days are changing! 

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Women are now embracing their post-baby bodies more than ever and encouraging other moms to do the same. 

One of those women is Ashley Graham. The model has been applauded for choosing not to Photoshop her stretch marks for a swimsuit photo shoot. 

The 32-year-old, who gave birth to her son Isaac six months ago, shared pictures from her backyard shoot on her Instagram page. 

She told People magazine that she felt empowered. 

"I've got more weight on me. I've stretch marks, and in the beginning, I really had to have a lot of conversations with myself and tell myself, 'Okay, new body, new mindset.' But after this photo shoot, I felt so empowered because I was like, 'Yes. I look good. I feel good. This is my new mom bod."

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Ashely is not the only famous mom embracing her post-baby body. Local dancer, Nkateko 'Takkies' Dinwiddy, gave birth to her second daughter in June. 

She shared a picture of her post-baby body on Instagram, with a special message for moms.

"For most people having a baby brings on many feelings, some positive some not so easy to deal with. But ladies don’t forget to STAND TALL. What you are doing in birthing and raising a child takes great strength and courage, and you are already a goddess through these acts. Give yourself permission to project that power," she wrote. 

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'The Bachelor' star Bekah Martinez welcomed her son into the world in June. 

Bekah, who is also mom to one-year-old Ruth, says she survives the postpartum period by avoiding mom bloggers "who look ready for the Oscars like 3 hours after giving birth" and remembering that the dirty dishes and visitors can wait. 

Journalist and influencer, Danae Mercer, is also inspiring moms and women, in general, to feel comfortable in their skin by sharing pictures of her body - cellulite and all! 

"You’re allowed to be a MASTERPIECE and a WORK IN PROGRESS at the same time. Especially when it come to SELF LOVE and CONFIDENCE," she wrote in a recent post. 

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Insta vs Reality - or let’s talk SITTING I would NEVER ACTUALLY sit like the picture on the left. Because I’m not even sitting. I’m hovering. My quads are holding my body weight. My core is tight, my back arched. And I am up OFF my HEELS, otherwise my thighs would squish and dimple all around my feet and legs. Because, hey, that’s what SKIN DOES. The way I sit is like the right: relaxed, chilled, my limbs in comfortable positions. BOTH pics are fantastic, and I’m totally here for it if you want to POSE or chill, ARCH or RELAX. Whatever speaks to you, go for it. My goal today is just to PULL BACK that CURTAIN And remind you again, and again, and as many times as I need to that SOCIAL MEDIA is NOT REAL. These quick, fleeting instances are filtered, Posed. Smoothed. Lit. Oiled. Glossed. Until perfection is all we are presented with. But us humans, we are way more WONDERFUL than that. And our bodies are just wrappings for what sits inside: Our souls. Our hearts. Our spirits. All the things that don’t perk up or slouch down when a camera flicks off or on. And all the things that matter SO MUCH MORE than a single SELFIE ever could. Hope that helps today. You’re incredible girl. Don’t ever forget it. x #instavsreality #posedvsrelaxed #socialmediavsreality #celluliteisnormal

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Do you SIT differently in PUBLIC than you do in PRIVATE? I did. For YEARS I did. In public, I would pose. Squeeze. Arch. Tighten. In private, I’d sit comfortably: shoulders relaxed, body loose, just being human. And I imagine that maybe, just maybe, I’m not alone. I read an article once talking about the BEST WAY to POSITION your body on the beach. It was all ‘knees up, core tight, never lay flat’. And if you had extra wiggles and jiggles around the hips and thighs? The article recommended DIGGING A HOLE in the SAND. To put that bum into. So it would, you know, look LESS. As a teen, I did these things. And then, as an adult, I still held myself sucked in or avoided crossing my legs because heaven forbid anyone should see my CELLULITE. Things have CHANGED in this last year. I wish they would have changed so much sooner. So today, I just want to remind you: It is OK to sit comfortably. To RELAX while you’re RELAXING. Perfection isn’t the price you pay to exist in a human body. And comfort is pretty darn incredible. Posing is great fun, but NOT POSING doesn’t make you worth ANY LESS. Even if it means your wobbly bits come out on show. Or your skin folds. Or you’re just, well, YOU. Because being YOU is incredible. And worthy. And powerful. In whatever way, shape, or form. You got this girl. Go sit comfortably. x Photos @chiclebelle who is just the best #selflove #selfacceptance #bodyacceptance #iweigh #feminist

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