Mom's Before-And-After Bump Photos Offer Important Postpartum Perspective

"There is no race to bounce back. We'll get there."
ByAnisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Aug 2017
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Photo: Kristen Sullivan via Instagram

Twenty-four days. That’s all the time that separates these two photos. Mom Kristen Sullivan is sharing side-by-side photos of herself three days before having her baby and three weeks after to show that sometimes, what baby does to your body is totally out of your hands.

Sullivan (a former employee here!) says she was hesitant to share this Instagram. But she felt it carried an important message.

“I’m sharing this to show moms that sometimes it doesn’t matter if you’re thin, ate right and exercised during pregnancy; sometimes your body grows in such a way that simply doesn’t allow you to ‘bounce back’ in friggen three weeks,” she says. “I feel like all I’ve been seeing is new moms sharing their amazing postpartum bods, 11 days after birth, two weeks after birth, etc. And while that’s wonderful for them, for many others, KNOW that it’s not realistic!”

Sullivan understands better than anyone that no two pregnancies are alike; baby Gavin, born on July 27, is her second son.

She thinks that the second time around, she may have even experienced diastasis recti.

“While I won’t be totally sure till six weeks, I have a strong feeling that I’ve got diastasis recti (separation of the abs), in which case I’m determined to get the PT I need to heal,” she says. “I’ve also been wearing a postpartum corset for extra support. But in the meantime, I’m giving my body a chance to breathe. Did you SEE how far my belly stretched?! There is no race to bounce back, moms. We’ll get there!”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

Wondering if you can prevent diastasis recti? Safely strengthening your abdominal and pelvic floor muscles is key. And a trendy new breathing exercise, the Bloom Method, says it can help. See for yourself here.

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