Baby weight gain following birth can be the hardest of challenges to overcome, as well as overcoming the insecurities that come with it. Many women have a very hard time losing the weight, and end up falling into a cycle of depression which could also be triggered by Postpartum Depression. Plus size model Tess Holliday decided to speak out and use her voice to motivate other women to love their bodies and start the trend of body love instead of body shaming.
Tess Holliday has always spoken out against the trend of body shaming, and spoken in favor of loving yourself no matter what the consequences are. During her childhood years, she had always been bullied for her weight, skin color, and persona leaving her to drop out of school and obtain a GED. What is even harder about her story is that due to her weight and lifestyle, she had recieved many death threats from bored, insecure individuals who wanted to tear her apart for their own benefit. Although excrutiatingly painful, Tess decided to be strong and ultimately become a plus size model.
Back to the baby weight, Tessa had admited on instagram that she has had a harder time accepting her body weight post birth.
“Each day feels like a battle to learn how to love my body. I feel like a stranger in my body more than ever.”
Below is the inspirational post that went viral to men and women around the world in need of the inspiration.
Each day feels like a battle to learn how to love my body postpartum. It’s been 6 months, & my stomach is lower, my breasts are a different shape, new stretch marks & I feel like a stranger in my body more than ever. I wasn’t anticipating this at all. I’m not used to looking in the mirror & feeling like I don’t recognize myself, but sadly that’s my reality some days. I debated on whether or not to post this, but I think it’s important to be honest about what it’s like to be a woman in the media, who recently had a baby & the pressure that’s put on new moms to “lose the baby weight”. I was fat before, I carried a healthy baby, & guess what, still fat… & THATS OKAY. I have no New Years resolution to lose weight, but only to work on learning my new body & loving & nurturing it. Not a day goes by that Nick doesn’t tell me how beautiful I am, but it’s not our partners job to lift our spirits, we have to be our own cheerleaders. So that’s what I will do, take it day by day. It’s a journey, not a race.. & a beautiful one at that. #6monthspostpartum #effyourbeautystandards @effyourbeautystandards
Whether or not one woman or another is struggling from body shame after giving birth, the story itself and the words Tessa regarding the topic could serve as inspiration not only to women post birth, but even men. The message is so important and it is crucial to remember that no matter your body size, you must always appreciate who you are in any way shape or form.