16 Celebrity Moms Who Honestly Show What a Woman Looks Like After Giving Birth
A young mother after difficult childbirth receives a crying baby, sometimes even two or three. Besides the already challenging situation, society starts to shame her: don’t breastfeed in public, get yourself together, get rid of stretch marks. It’s time to put an end to these demands. Celebrities are standing up to defend all young moms and are sharing honest photos, telling about the reality of being new parents.
Graham is one of the most sought-after plus-size models. However, she successfully balances a busy schedule with caring for her three sons. As well as talking about beauty standards, Ashley is candid about all the challenges of motherhood, embracing her postnatal body and other nuances faced by young moms.
Barrymore urges women not to beat themselves up for not having a perfect body but to instead, enjoy motherhood. “We live in a society where it’s common to say things like, ’Wow, how amazing she looks only 2 weeks after giving birth.’ I don’t want to be a part of it, it’s hell. I never wanted to turn heads when I came to the beach. I have a completely different body type. I just want to feel my body better and love myself,” says Barrymore.
The British actress and model, who is a big fan of fitness, decided after the birth of her daughter Mia not to delay getting back into shape and promptly started exercising. However, Atkinson is against all pressure on new moms when it comes to postpartum body “imperfections” and demonstrates, by her own example, that no one is safe from them.
“I hope new mums realise they don’t have to be back to their post-baby body so quickly. Growing a human for 9 months is a big deal, and it’ll take longer than a few weeks to get your body back to how you want it,” reckons Gemma.
In 2020, the actress became a mother for the second time, but this time her experience proved to be very painful and traumatic due to bouts of anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues, which she spoke about frankly and openly.
“It’s so traumatic to deliver a baby, even if you’re not suffering from anxiety or depression or any kind of mental illness to begin with. Every mother I’ve ever spoken to is terrified of the nighttimes because you put your baby to sleep, and you’re just hoping they don’t die in the middle of the night. It’s grim, but it’s the reality of motherhood,” admits Seyfried.
Not only is the singer not too shy to talk about the changes her body has undergone during pregnancy and after childbirth, but she’s also keen on taking advice from her subscribers. “Ladies, how do you guys get rid of the black line in the middle of your stomach after giving birth?,” Cardi B asked shortly after her daughter was born.
The star has four kids. Teigen has spoken openly about the “costs” of pregnancy and motherhood on her social media pages and in interviews. She didn’t hide the fact that she gained weight as a result of her pregnancy, but doesn’t see this as a problem.
“Basically I am 20 pounds heavier than I was before Miles. He’s 10 months old, I never lost the last bit because I just love food too much,” the model confessed in 2019. Teigen is also not shy about demonstrating the changes her body underwent during this time, such as stretch marks.
The American singer-songwriter has always wanted to be honest with her fans, so after the birth of her first daughter, she started sharing not only exquisite photos on her Instagram page but also candid shots from the life of a young mom.
“Yesterday (going out to an event and getting cute) was empowering but SUCH anomaly and this is way more realistically me most of the past 2 weeks. I mostly just don’t want any other moms feeling less than because of me only sharing half the truth,” Platten wrote under the post.
The American actress, writer, and the wife of American Pie star Jason Biggs is known for hiding almost nothing from her fans. And Mollen has been just as vocal about her first months after giving birth and the changes her body has undergone. She’s shown off a neat scar after her C-section and her imperfect figure and has posted selfies with signs of fatigue on her face, reminding us that billions of moms around the world go through similar situations.
Serena’s postpartum recovery in 2017 was a long and arduous one, something she was not afraid to talk about openly. With the birth of her daughter Olympia, the tennis player was bedridden for six weeks.
“No one talks about the low moments — the pressure you feel, the incredible letdown every time you hear the baby cry. I’ve broken down I don’t know how many times. Or I’ll get angry about the crying, then sad about being angry, and then guilty, like, ‘Why do I feel so sad when I have a beautiful baby?’ The emotions are insane,” Williams confessed in an interview with Vogue.
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The singer-songwriter reminded the moms among her subscribers that it’s totally normal for a “pregnant” belly to not go away for a while after giving birth. She wrote the following caption under one of her candid selfies, “Keepin’ it real! 3 weeks post and I’m still very swollen. The 3rd has been by far the hardest recovery, but I’m feeling stronger every day.”
Simpson is light-hearted when it comes to talking about the difficulties that accompany the postpartum period, especially with the experience of two childbirths under her belt. “Just stretching it out in my rubber corset. The joy of postpartum,” she ironically captioned the photo, which was released two months after the birth of the star’s third child, daughter Birdie.
The country singer became a mom for the second time in January 2019, after trying to conceive for a long time and suffering several miscarriages. Underwood admitted that getting back into shape after this pregnancy proved to be quite difficult.
“I just want to feel like myself again... for my body to feel the way that I know it can. As I was working out today, I realised that for the past 11(ish) months, my body has not belonged to me. It was a perfect home for Jacob,” the star shared.
Woman honestly wrote, “Today is day 2728 of breastfeeding straight. I have nursed since Feb 17th 2014 when my first son was born. I nursed him in to toddlerhood through the pregnancy of my 2nd son, embarked on a tandem nursing journey for a year. I then continued nursing my 2nd son through the pregnancy of my daughter, in to my second tandem nursing journey. I’m now still nursing my daughter through this pregnancy and will jump in to my third tandem nursing experience in a matter of weeks. Some days it’s a lot, I’m utterly exhausted and just want my body back, other days I sit in a place of deep gratitude as I cherish and honor this experience with my babes. I was privileged enough to have the choice to breastfeed, not everyone is afforded that.”
The comedian became a mom for the first time in 2019, but even this major turn in her life didn’t keep the star from making various jokes about motherhood. While other celebrities shared flawless pregnancy and postpartum photos, Schumer revealed the truth of new moms’ everyday life, showing the scar from the C-section, the tedious process of breastfeeding or decanting, and other “charms” of parenthood.
Here are other famous moms who are also sharing their honest photos. They are advocating for normalizing breastfeeding in public places.