Tia Mowry: It’s okay that our bodies are not perfect after our babies are born
Tia Mowry opposes society’s unrealistic expectations for women who have just given birth.
In May, she shared a photo of her body at two-weeks postpartum.
“Do I still have a belly yes. I actually look like I’m (four) months pregnant and that is OKAY,” she wrote in an Instagram post. “I wanted to shine a light on how our society creates false expectations after a woman gives birth. Ladies, it’s okay that our bodies are not PERFECT after our babies are born.”
She also mentioned how mothers should toss out unfair time frames.
This is MY #postpartum. Two weeks in. Do I still have a belly yes. I actually look like I’m 4 months pregnant and that is OKAY. I wanted to shine a light on how our society creates false expectations after a woman gives birth. Ladies, it’s okay that our bodies are not PERFECT after our babies are born. Give your self time. Go at your own pace. Don’t allow people to put a time limit on YOUR body. You’ve just accomplished a miracle! #Love yourself, love your new body, embrace it. It you want to make changes than that’s your desire and no one else’s. Ps, #moms freaking rock!
“I’m all about being real and authentic,” said the longtime actress and lifestyle expert. “That’s just how I even speak to myself, by being vulnerable. I feel like, for me, especially with my first child, I felt pressured to get back in shape. Do I think it’s important to get back to yourself? Yes, but it doesn’t have to be so vain.”
Mowry said she wanted to speak to moms who felt pressure to immediately return to their pre-baby body.
“It took you nine months, almost a year, to make a baby, so give yourself time,” said Mowry, who enjoys Soul Cycle classes and yoga. “Yes, my stomach still looks like I had a baby, but guess what? I just brought a beautiful child in this world.
“Let’s celebrate that.”
Mowry and her husband Cory Hardict welcomed Cairo, their second child, on May 5. Their son Cree is 7.