A mom of three decided to photographically document her body only hours after giving birth. She posted the liberating images on Instagram.
Australian mom Elisa Grossman was tired of pictures where celebrities bodies after birth ‘bounce back’ to flatness.
In a follow-up post, Elisa wrote she was shocked after the birth of her first child that her body didn’t change back like all those actresses promoted.
“I had no idea you could still look so pregnant even after giving birth. Everyone told me I was young, I would bounce straight back, and I believed them.” Elisa Grossman
Let's talk postpartum bodies! I asked @belleverdiglionephotography to take this photo, just hours after giving birth to Willa, in my rawest and most vulnerable state. I was in pain and I was overcome by a flood of emotions. Elated to have welcomed our beautiful girl and so empowered and proud of what my body and I had just done! It's a strange feeling to look down and still see a bump, even though you're holding your baby in your arms, even after doing it three times. It's not easy to go home with a baby and still have to wear maternity clothes. With my first I was adamant I would just "bounce back". Everyone would say "you're young, you'll loose the baby weight in no time!" But you know what, I didn't, I never have in fact. With each baby I've gained a few more kilos and a few more stretch marks. I used to feel the need to cover up in this newborn stage, I didn't want to see my body in this state, so why would anyone else? It's taken me three babies, but I've finally realised this postpartum body isn't something to hide! I am beyond proud for what this body has given and sacralised. I am thankful that my body is able to carry and birth babies naturally. I am NOT ashamed of my (many) new stripes and my postpartum body. And neither should you! Let's celebrate postpartum bodies, in all their glory. The female body is incredible and I am so proud of what mine has done!
The photo was taken a few hours after giving birth to her third child, Willa.
Elisa felt “elated to have welcomed our beautiful girl and so empowered and proud of what my body and I had just done!”
Grossman continued, “It’s a strange feeling to look down and still see a bump, even though you’re holding your baby in your arms, even after doing it three times. It’s not easy to go home with a baby and still have to wear maternity clothes.”
With celebrity moms appearing in public with flat stomachs and crop tops mere weeks after giving birth to their babies it might seem like that’s the norm.
Elisa was determined to help new moms not feel those unrealistic pressure, so she had the after birth photos taken.
“With my first, I was adamant I would just “bounce back”. Everyone would say “you’re young, you’ll loose the baby weight in no time!” But you know what, I didn’t, I never have in fact.” Elisa Grossman
38 weeks in, 13 days out! Embracing this new body of mine, greasy hair and milk stains (if you dare zoom in) ❤️ Thank you for all the love on my postpartum post last night! Every time I go to reply I burst into tears 😭 I'm just so darn proud of women and mothers everywhere and the amazing things our bodies do!
While most praised and thanked Elisa for posting the image to help new moms, others asked why she felt the need to share something so personal.
“Just like many women do, I too used to look up to the media, celebrities who would show off their supermodel like post baby bodies just weeks after giving birth! I thought thats how it would be for me too.” Elisa Grossman
She just remembered after her first birth, and leaving the hospital after four days the pressure of the then new mom to look like star moms in those magazines.
“So when I went home from hospital four days after giving birth, still looking six months pregnant, I thought I must have done something wrong. How come I didn’t look like they did post-baby? How come I didn’t bounce back straight away like everyone said I would? How come it took me a year to fit back into my pre-baby jeans?” Elisa Grossman
Nothing like a coffee date with a bunch of my fave mumma's and their babes to help pick-me-up! I'm still adjusting to having extra washing, extra mess, extra tummy, extra stretch marks, extra numbers on my clothing tags, extra chaos, extra sleep deprivation and extra love. Some days are easy, some days are hard, some days I feel like I'm acing it and other days I feel like I'm in a flunk. Today was a bit of a flunk day. So I'm holding my babies close, pizza is being delivered and I may even sneak in a cheeky wine when the kids go to bed! Tomorrow is a new day, the cleaning can wait, the washing can wait, the gym can wait but the snuggles can not ❤️
Elisa just wanted first-time moms to have a more realistic image of what their body will look like after giving birth.
“Well, because for many women, and for me, this post baby picture that was painted in my head just wasn’t realistic!” Elisa Grossman