THERE'S nothing quite like pregnancy to make your body suddenly feel like it doesn't belong to you anymore – and one person who knows a little something about this is mum-of-three Katie Bowman.
The Australian blogger has proudly shared a photo of her post-baby body which she took days after giving birth – and admitted it took her MONTHS to feel "normal" again.
Writing on her Facebook page Living My Family Life, Katie explained how vulnerable felt in the weeks after giving birth as people kept making comments about her "baby belly" – and was relieved when it shrunk after a few months.
"Anyone who gives birth seems to be thrown into the spotlight with the focus on their bodies returning to their pre-pregnancy state, and it’s just not realistic," she wrote. "We’re left feeling anxious and frustrated because we wish our uterus would shrink faster so someone would praise us. Stroke our ego when we’re feeling down."
Instead of expecting their bodies to "bounce back", she wrote: "A postpartum stomach is a prize and we should wear them with pride, not be made to feel like we need to make them disappear as soon as possible."
Urging her 17,000 followers to "eat the damn carbs if you want the damn carbs", she added: "Put your recovery shorts on and just love that little baby.
"You can’t rush healing, but you can rush anyone who makes a comment about your stomach out the door."
Needless to say, the post was a hit with fans – who praised the mum for her honesty.
"My post-twin belly looked exactly like that," one replied. "Took a good 12 months to look remotely 'normal' again."
Another added: "Thank you for being so real, honest and raw every day. Your posts help me and so many people."
Last year, Katie shared an emotional picture taken just after the birth of her first child as she begged family members to give mums two days to bond with their baby.
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