Not many mums share a picture of what they look like post-birth. Usually images of celebrities surface 6 weeks after birth, but never a day or so after the actual event.
Mia Redworth noticed this and she was shocked to see the state of her body after she had a c-section birth.
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Mia didn’t expect to see excess skin, stretch marks and scarring after she gave birth to her son, who is now 13-months old. She shared her thoughts on her post-partum body on Instagram.
✖️6 weeks vs 6 months✖️ Last night on my blog I posted “Post Pregnancy Stomach : why you need to love yourself!” And its my whole journey from 48 hours after my c-section to yesterday in pictures and my advice to any fellow mamas/mamas to be/anyone who is thinking of having a bubba in the future! Before having my baby I had never seen what the majority of post pregnancy bodies actually look like and it’s super hard to find anyone posting about it so I decided to step up to help anyone out there that needs me too! – Link is in bio ❤️ #bodypositive #fitmum #csection #transformationtuesday #eventhoughitssunday by @miaredworth
“The shock of realizing what the majority of women look like after a baby hit me hard,” she wrote.
Mia had never seen a post-partum body, before seeing her own in the mirror and she found it confronting to accept, yet decided to share her own body to encourage other women in the same position.
Everyone has things they would change about their body and mine is definitely my loose skin. Even though I am a size 6-8 again and from the side look very slim my skin makes me look a lot bigger from the front. Even though I’m not at my goal I will never let that stop me rocking my mama body on the beach. Love yourself despite any flaws and enjoy your life as much as you can, YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL ?? ? #fitmum #bodypositive #postpartumfitness by @miaredworth
“It’s super hard to find anyone posting about it, so I decided to step up,” she wrote.
Mia decided to change this by sharing pictures of her body. Even though she freely shared the images, she wasn’t happy with her stomach. It’s an area many mums grapple with after giving birth.
“Even though I am a size 6 to 8 again and from the side look very slim my skin makes me look a lot bigger from the front,” she wrote in a post.
Eight weeks after Mia gave birth, she was given the go ahead to work out and the new mum headed to the gym to build some muscle.
“My fitness goals have never been to get back to my body before a baby because I had no booty and no muscle,” wrote Mia. The new mum went on Tammy Hembrow’s eight-week booty program, spent time lifting weights and recently started Kayla Itsines’s 12-week fitness program.
how to get a bikini body? PUT ON A BIKINI ✔️ yesterday I felt super insecure buying holiday bikinis because nothing covered my stomach enough in my head but there will always be something to complain about so why keep complaining? I love my body for giving me this little prince and I’ve came so far with my fitness and my body will only get better and better ?? bubba is growing up so fast so I’m not wasting anymore time and we are taking him swimming for the first time today, wish us luck! #hopefullyhedoesntcrytoomuch #postpartumfitness #fitmum #bodypositive – I’ve also finally made my blog! I’ll be posting a few times a week about makeup, fitness, baby stuff and family life. link is in bio ? by @miaredworth
Within six months, Mia could see a difference in her body. Despite the amazing results, she had a message about self-esteem for her fans, “Don’t get so obsessed with numbers — they mean nothing.
“I was so unfit at a size four,” she wrote of her pre-pregnancy body.
Trying on my pre baby clothes ? I used to be a 4-6 (UK size) before having a baby and around 8st. I was obsessed with my weight and hated my body ? After I had my 9lb baby at 42+weeks and could go back to the gym after recovering from a c section, I was 10-11st. It got me so down even though I thought I looked amazing for the time so I vowed to never weigh myself again. F**k the scales. My fitness goals have never been to get back to my body before a baby because I had no booty and no muscle and with weight lighting I’m going to be bigger, I’m building muscle and THATS OKAY! I tried on a old skirt for fun a few months ago and I couldn’t get close to closing it but yesterday I could do up almost every button! I love keeping track of progress like this. Clothing size isn’t everything and although this shows my waist is getting small, because of building my bum+thighs theyre always going to make me go up a few sizes just look at how short this skirt is now ?? don’t focus so much on sizes it’s all about if you’re happy with the way your body looks. I was so unfit at a size 4. Don’t get so obsessed with numbers they mean nothing, you could fit into any size clothing and find issues with your body. Focus more on loving yourself for you, getting rid of the negativity and challenge yourself on why a clothing size is so important to you. Fitness becomes much more enjoyable if you aren’t constantly putting yourself down. Reward even the smallest victories ?❤️ #postpartumfitness #postpartum #fitmum #realitycheck #csection by @miaredworth
Mia encourages to love yourself, get rid of negative thoughts and challenge yourself on why being a certain size number is important to you.
“Fitness becomes much more enjoyable if you aren’t constantly putting yourself down,” she wrote.
This healthy approach to weight loss after having a baby has resonated with her fans.
There is nothing wrong with wanting to lose the baby weight. But having the right mindset and creating a healthy approach is the best way to reaching your fitness goals, post-baby.