After the miracle of childbirth, a woman’s body goes through immense physical changes. Though most of these changes are celebrated and expected, adjusting to the new reality can still be challenging.
Fortunately, many celebs have gone public with their postpartum bodies and stories, giving advice and comfort to other mothers struggling with the same issues.
Celebrating Postpartum Bodies
Postpartum bodies often get overlooked when it comes to conversations surrounding body acceptance—but thankfully, some brave celebrities have started changing that narrative by getting honest about their post-baby figures.
Below are the celebrities after pregnancy who have a postpartum bodies:
Model Ashley Graham had always championed body positivity but took her advocacy to a new level when she started talking openly about her postpartum body.
From stretch marks to excess skin, Graham was unafraid to show that no matter how much she exercised or dieted, her body wouldn’t look like it did before pregnancy—and that was okay!
Through her Instagram posts and interviews, Graham has helped countless women feel comfortable in their skin after having children.
Aside from self-love and building self-confidence, What’s her secret in embracing her body after pregnancy?
Khloe Kardashian is no stranger to getting candid on social media, including talking about her post-pregnancy experiences.
In an Instagram post from 2018, Khloe posted a picture of herself in lingerie months after giving birth to her daughter True Thompson.
She wrote in the caption, “I worked so hard to get my body back… But I’m not striving for that anymore…Your body is beautiful because it houses your miracle baby….I love my strong body now more than ever.”
Her honesty resonated with thousands of mothers who felt empowered by Khloe’s story.
Comedian Amy Schumer is known for her hilarious, no-holds-barred approach to comedy, including discussing postpartum bodies.
Schumer posted a picture of herself in lingerie five days after she gave birth to her son Gene and wrote,
“This is me 5 days postpartum and I feel great.” In another post from a few weeks later, Schumer was candid about her body issues, writing, “I’m really enjoying my body and that is a totally new experience for me. I hope you are all feeling strong, safe and capable.”
The supermodel, cookbook author, and mom of two proudly showed off her post-baby curves with an inspiring selfie.
She wrote, “It’s been a long journey, but I’m starting to feel more like myself than I have in a very long time.”
Chrissy Teigen isn’t one to hide behind Instagram filters and shared an honest shot of her postpartum stomach after giving birth to her and John Legend’s second child, Miles.
Kim Kardashian West
After the birth of her third child, Kim shared a postpartum photo of her body in a bikini, writing, “I’m so happy I was able to snap back and felt confident enough to rock a bikini.”
Kim Kardashian West took to her app to reveal how hard it was to lose her pregnancy weight, even with trainers and nutritionists.
“It isn’t easy to just bounce back,” she wrote. “I was so jealous of women who had these cute baby bellies and would gain 25 pounds — and then, a few weeks after giving birth, somehow look like they did before they were pregnant.
Singer Ciara made headlines when she posted a picture of her post-baby body on Instagram and captioned it, “Level Up.”
Rapper Cardi B also shared a simple post-baby body snap, wearing a polka dot bikini and writing, “Yes! I still got a lil mommy pouch but I’m working on it.”
“People have been giving me some amazing compliments on my body. I think it’s because I’ve got some amazing hips due to my gorgeous son… but everybody’s like, ‘Cardi, you so snatched, what do you do? You did lipo; you had a tummy tuck?’
You cannot do surgery after you give birth, especially me — I lost so much blood, guys…” she told fans in a series of video clips.
“Yes, I look snatched especially when I take these paparazzi pictures, and I’m like,” she said, showing off her shapely waist, “this, but I’m really like this guys.
When Mila Kunis had her daughter Wyatt, she opened up to Conan O’Brien about how much her body changed, particularly her breasts.
“Boy did these things grow,” she said. “I don’t know how to deal with them because I’ve never had them, and so I always dress for a flat-chested girl, and now all of a sudden, I’m busty, and I’m like, I don’t know what to wear!”
After welcoming her first child with husband Adam Shulman in 2016, the mother-of-two shared an update on the reality of getting back to pre-baby weight (if that’s what you wish to do).
In a powerful message to fellow mothers, the actress shared a photograph of her pre-bump jeans on Instagram, which she decided to cut up after becoming a new mum.
In 2017 Gisele Bundchen wrote an essay for Vogue Magazine in which she discussed her struggles with postpartum depression after having two children.
She wrote, “after Vivian was born, I felt like I had no control over anything…It was a feeling that I never experienced before.”
Her frankness allowed many women struggling with similar issues to speak up and ask for help without fear of judgment or stigma.
Singer Halsey shared a postpartum selfie on Instagram, writing that her body after pregnancy was “stronger than ever.”
“A lot of people don’t know that you still look pregnant for a while after. It is still changing, and I am letting it. I have no interest in working out right now.
I’m too tired and too busy playing with my darling son,” they said to their 27 million followers. “I do not want to feed the illusion that you’re meant to feel and look ‘great’ immediately postpartum.
That is not my narrative currently,” they continued, “I will never have my ‘pre-baby body back’ no matter how it changes physically. I have now birthed a little human from my body, and that’s forever.”
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Kate Winslet posed for a series of photoshoots in which she proudly showed off her post-baby body.
Kate has been generously constructed to show my best angles, and I assure you, good lighting has been warmly embraced. The truth is, I’m a mother, and I look like one.”
The Titanic actress is one thing; she’s honest. “I have a crumble baby belly, [and my] boobs are worse for wear after two kids,” she told the Daily Mail back in 2008. But she’s still happy with the way she looks.
Olivia Wilde is a prominent advocate for postpartum body acceptance. After giving birth to their daughter Daisy in 2016, she said in an interview with Yahoo Beauty, “the idea of perfection is impossible… It’s not worth striving for that.
That doesn’t exist.” Wilde also shared a post on Instagram from three months after Daisy was born, in which she wrote, “It’s lovely to have a positive body image that isn’t perfect. It’s liberating, and it makes life more enjoyable.
We all have blemishes and unique shapes, so why not celebrate them?” Her empowering message is something that all mothers can learn from.
How Postpartum Celebrities are Redefining Body Positivity
There’s no denying that having a baby is an incredible life-changing experience. From the physical changes to the emotional and mental ones, it can be difficult for new mothers to adjust to all the changes that come with being a parent.
Fortunately, there has been more and more conversation surrounding postpartum bodies and what they look like, thanks partly to celebrities who have been open about their experiences.
Celebrating Stretch Marks
One of the most common physical changes women experience after childbirth is stretch marks.
For many women, these marks can cause them to feel self-conscious or even ashamed of their bodies and appearance.
Embracing Larger Bodies
In addition to showing off their postpartum stretch marks, some celebrities have also been vocal about embracing their larger bodies after giving birth.
Instead of focusing on unrealistic standards of perfection, they are encouraging women everywhere that it’s okay if your body looks different than it did before you had children—and if anything, it should be celebrated!
The stories of these celebrity moms show us that there is no one-size-fits-all regarding bodies after babies. Every woman’s journey is different – and should be celebrated!
Through their candid posts on social media, these celebs are helping normalize postpartum bodies in Hollywood while also sending an important message that all mothers should feel free to embrace whatever changes they experience during their post-pregnancy journeys. It’s time we celebrate our bodies – just as they are!