Ruth Lee (@baybayruth) is a 25 year old fitness and beauty blogger .With an online following of over 23,000 on Instagram. She is also figuring out motherhood since the birth of her first child in November 2016. Her Instagram is filled with super sweet pictures of the two of them together.
On Instagram we often see pictures of fitness bloggers who have just given birth with perfectly tight stomachs and not a single stretch mark in sight, while a few of us may be so lucky as to go through pregnancy without a stretch mark in sight for the general majority stretch marks are just a part of life.
So earlier this week Ruth took to Instagram to dismiss some common misconceptions that we have about pregnancy and show a more honest and raw side than what we normally are shown.
In the post Ruth speaks candidly about her labour and how she had an emergency C-section after what she described as a ‘traumatic labour’. She also speaks about her struggle with PPD (Post Partum Depression) and her disappointment that her body had not bounced back the way that she assumed it would by looking at other fitness/motherhood bloggers.
Everything we see on Instagram is not always how it seems, and we shouldn’t be comparing ourselves to other women because everyone is different. There is no right or wrong way to look after giving birth and there is no shame in struggling to get back into shape.
In a post Ruth says, “I have stretch marks that I like more and more each day. As weird as that may sound, to me , they remind me of how strong I really am.”
So don’t be afraid to rock that ‘mum bod’ and be proud of your body and kind to yourself.