It takes guts to look at your post-baby bod in the mirror just hours after giving birth. But uploading an image of it to your 180,000 plus Instagram followers in a bid to empower women and silence the body shamers, is something else again. Hilaria Baldwin, wife of Hollywood heavyweight Alec, has done exactly that – and answered some pretty personal questions to boot!
Hilaria had us all naawing earlier this week, when she gave birth to her third bub in three years, precious little Leonardo. Just 24 hours later she posted a photo of herself in her hospital bathroom, mirroring what she’d done after her first son Rafael was born in June last year (check out the image at the end of this post).
She explains in the comments, “It always makes me a bit nervous to do something like this, but I feel that in the age of such strong body shaming, I want to do all that I can to normalise a real body and promote healthy self esteem.”
Hilaria says she’s a firm believer that diet and exercise can make people happy, healthy and strong and she’ll be making daily posts on her progress as she gets back into shape. She also explains that she didn’t have a c-section, and also gets quite personal, explaining why she’s not wearing the usual wad of pads following birth. “I took them out briefly to snap this pic as there is a limit to how much you need to see.”
And, in true celebrity style, she lets her followers know that this Instagram snap has no filters, but has simply been lightened a little. We’re loving this latest front-foot approach to the unrealistic expectations that new mums, particularly celebrities, should simply bounce back into shape after birth.
Update on us… Rafael is doing wonderfully! He is two days old now. Such a sweet little boy. I’m feeling well, been up with him every hour to two hours. I have been planning on doing post belly photos but didn’t know if I was gonna have the guts to actually follow through. I hope you understand my intention here: I believe it is important to accept and love our form after going through a bit of a battle bringing life into this world. Deep breath, here we go…all the way from my glamorous hospital bathroom 😘 #ShrinkingBaldwinBabyBump #NoShame #LoveYourBody
A photo posted by Hilaria Thomas Baldwin (@hilariabaldwin) on