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Plus-Size Model Tess Holliday Opens Up About Her Struggle to Accept Her Post-Baby Body

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Plus-Size Model Tess Holliday Opens Up About Her Struggle to Accept Her Post-Baby Body

Model Tess Holliday has always stood up to body shamers who have criticized her weight — both before and during her pregnancy — but since she gave birth to son Bowie Juniper in June, Holliday herself has been struggling to accept her changing body shape.

The curvy model, 31, took to Instagram on Saturday to share her challenge with her post-baby body.

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

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“Each day feels like a battle to learn how to love my body postpartum,” Holliday shared alongside photos of herself in a bra and underwear. “It’s been six months, and my stomach is lower, my breasts are a different shape, [I have] new stretch marks, and I feel like a stranger in my body more than ever.”

Holliday admits that her body confidence issues have taken her by surprise.

“I wasn’t anticipating this at all,” she writes. “I’m not used to looking in the mirror and 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, and the pressure that’s put on new moms to ‘lose the baby weight.’”

Holliday finishes her emotional post with a reminder to herself and her followers that mums have to embrace the changes in their bodies — even if that takes some time.

“I was fat before, I carried a healthy baby and guess what, [I’m] still fat… and that’s okay,” she writes. “I have no New Years resolution to lose weight, but only to work on learning my new body and loving and nurturing it.”

 

Images: Instagram and Google

Jill Slater

Jill Slater

Jill is a busy wife and mother of four young children. She loves nothing more than making people giggle, and loves to settle in with a glass of wine (or four) and wander about the internet. Feel free to follow her to see all the cool stuff she finds!

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