Mom Proudly Shares Post-Baby Belly Pics After Stranger Assumes She's Still Pregnant

Mom Proudly Shares Post-Baby Belly Pics After Stranger Assumes She’s Still Pregnant

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Her side-by-side photos show that post-partum bodies don’t “bounce back” immediately after birth

What our bodies look like before giving birth and after giving birth often present two radically different images. You know, because growing a human being requires  a lot of internal organ-shifting and belly expanding.

Mom Anupa King knows this all too well, and recently took to her Instagram account to share her documented changes with her followers.

In a side-by-side photo comparison, King shares two belly shots: one from the day she gave birth to her son, and one taken three short weeks after.

Remember my first naked belly pregnant shot where I had to build up enough courage to share… Well times that by like a million for this post belly shot comparison. The first image was taken hours before Levi was born and the second taken today at 3 weeks postpartum but I like to think 2 weeks since the first week of postpartum didn't really happen due on a large chunk of my placenta being forgotten in my uterus at birth. One of the main reasons I share this, as most of you know, THIS is a marathon/dancer's body and while that can mean I'll bounce back in no time it clearly doesn't. Especially now too that my body is producing all of Levi's food… I really do admire all the mamas out there that say breastfeeding get their bodies back in shape… For me it'll take me back on the trails for some long distance running to feel like myself again. Yesterday, I was asked by the baker at my supermarket: "Are you having a girl or a boy?" and that would have really hit some soft spots/nerves with me…I mean I'm not pregnant anymore but I sure do look it… instead I smiled and nicely said I had a boy. 😊 After I left the supermarket I realised I absolutely love my body and am so super proud of it hence the reason I chose to share this post image with you. And however long it takes for my body to journey back to where it was once were then that's fine… I know it'll find it's way until then I'll continue to be kind knowing that it's doing exactly what it needs to be doing right now for me and for Levi! . . PS… For all those who've been asking about the flip and flash cards we use with Mikey on insta-stories, they are the Dr. Seuss collection. I'll do another post today showing more. 🤗 . . . . #dearestviewfinder #themommydiary #clickinmoms #soulfocusinspired #babiesofig #humansofjoy #honestmotherhood #momlife #lightinspired #jj_kids #jj_its_kids #treasuringlittlememories #ig_kids #igers_kids #thepursuitofjoyproject #childreningram #MagicOfChildhood #ourchildrenphoto #simplejoys #tv_pointofview #expofilm #kidsmood #lightslove #stunning_shots #magic #childhoodeveryday #realparenthood #transformationtuesday #bumppositive

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“One of the main reasons I share this, As most of you know, THIS is a marathon/dancer’s body and while that can mean I’ll bounce back in no time it clearly doesn’t,” King writes in her caption.

“Especially now too that my body is producing all of Levi’s food… I really do admire all the mamas out there that say breastfeeding get their bodies back in shape… For me it’ll take me back on the trails for some long distance running to feel like myself again.”

13 days postpartum and I've finally build up enough courage and strength to share with you what my body now looks like. I have what is a 16th week of pregnancy belly… And you know what that's totally fine cause exactly a week ago I was on an operating table in ER not knowing if I'll be here today. So in this instance I embrace my healing body and what it looks and feels like because everything I'll ever need is right here in this moment…. My family! ❤️ . . . . . #dearestviewfinder #themommydiary #clickinmoms #soulfocusinspired #babiesofig #humansofjoy #honestmotherhood #momlife #lightinspired #jj_kids #jj_its_kids #treasuringlittlememories #ig_kids #igers_kids #thepursuitofjoyproject #childreningram #MagicOfChildhood #ourchildrenphoto #simplejoys #tv_pointofview #expofilm #kidsmood #lightslove #stunning_shots #jj_forum_2034 #bicfp #childhoodeveryday #inspirepregnancy #ig_motherhood

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Breastfeeding means burning a crap ton of calories, to be sure, but you’re also increasing your caloric intake to help maintain milk production. Also breastfeeding just takes a lot out of you and we mamas gotta eat to keep up her strength. So using it as a weight-loss plan is, to put it plainly and politely, unrealistic.

Recovering has been painfully slow and based on my check up today my body is still in shock… So is my emotional state. But isn't that what postpartum is? Why is there so much guilt of not being able to be there 110% for my Mikey… For my Levi… For myself. I knew I wouldn't be bouncing back soon…. But I didn't think it would be this difficult. Why can't I shake this off and enjoy the little humans I've created. I feel like all the cuddles and skin to skin from Levi are more for my healing than his. . . . . #dearestviewfinder #themommydiary #clickinmoms #soulfocusinspired #babiesofig #humansofjoy #honestmotherhood #momlife #lightinspired #jj_kids #jj_its_kids #treasuringlittlememories #ig_kids #igers_kids #thepursuitofjoyproject #childreningram #MagicOfChildhood #ourchildrenphoto #simplejoys #tv_pointofview #expofilm #kidsmood #lightslove #stunning_shots #bicfp #childhoodeveryday #inspirepregnancy #ig_motherhood #heartimprint #jj_forum_2006

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King was inspired to share her post-partum photo for another reason: a stranger she encountered recently assumed she was still pregnant.

“Yesterday, I was asked by the baker at my supermarket: ‘Are you having a girl or a boy?’ and that would have really hit some soft spots/nerves with me…I mean I’m not pregnant anymore but I sure do look it… instead I smiled and nicely said I had a boy.”

Ugh, don’t people know by now that unless you are one thousand percent sure that someone is with child, you don’t comment on it or ask? Even the most well-meaning strangers can unintentionally but easily hurt someone’s feelings by making that assumption.

While I'm trying my hardest for Levi to adjust to day and night time, unfortunately my body doesn't know the difference anymore. Levi still isn't latching so I've been pumping round the clock… Like every second of every minute of every day and NIGHT and that's OK… Cause I'm happy to say we no longer need to supplement. My body is finally manufacturing all the milk for this little human… And trust me he's a little piggy! ☺️ The question now is when will I ever sleep again… On a positive note I finally got to blow dry my hair today after like a month… And by blow dry I mean I had an extra 5 minutes. 😂😂! But wait… I decided to wear Levi today and I was instantly in love with how much I could do with carrying him around with free hands while he sleeps. This gorgeous super soft wrap is from @sollybabywrap 🤗 Levi thanks you @sollybabywrap for all this cozy sleeping. . . . . . . . . #dearestviewfinder #themommydiary #clickinmoms #soulfocusinspired #babiesofig #humansofjoy #honestmotherhood #momlife #lightinspired #jj_kids #jj_its_kids #treasuringlittlememories #ig_kids #igers_kids #thepursuitofjoyproject #childreningram #MagicOfChildhood #ourchildrenphoto #simplejoys #tv_pointofview #expofilm #kidsmood #lightslove #stunning_shots #magic #bicfp #childhoodeveryday #pocket_sweetness #inspirepregnancy #ig_motherhood

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“After I left the supermarket I realised I absolutely love my body and am so super proud of it hence the reason I chose to share this post image with you,” King graciously writes.

“And however long it takes for my body to journey back to where it was once were then that’s fine… I know it’ll find it’s way until then I’ll continue to be kind knowing that it’s doing exactly what it needs to be doing right now for me and for Levi!”

Amen to that.