Giovanna Fletcher is a new mum to a beautiful baby boy and she has posted a message on her Instagram account that all mums need to read. Why? Because it is one of the most common things new mums are concerned about. And we need to put a stop to it.
Mark my words: Your body after having a baby isn’t going to thrill you.
You will have a baby pouch for several weeks. You will have massively engorged breasts that look like veiny watermelons for several days. Your hair may fall out. Your face will look like you just devoured seven boxes of pizza. Your eyes will have dark circles that not even the Jesus of miracle cream will be able to cover. You will have bruising on your body and swelling in places you didn’t even know you could bruise or swell.
And all in good reason – after all, you just carried a human being for nine months and then delivered it. You’re bound to look a little like you’ve been through the wringer after this kind of experience.
Most mums forget this. I certainly did. But new mum, blogger and presenter, Giovanna Fletcher’s latest Instagram post will remind us all that our bodies deserve to be praised, not put down, for what they have done.
Giovanna’s recent encounter with a stranger 11 days post-birth inspired her to write this message:
A few days ago I had a near stranger point at my stomach, laugh and say ‘Oh look, Mummy’s still got her tummy’. This was eleven days after giving birth. I was so shocked I laughed. But the words have stuck with me. Obviously. It wasn’t left there either as there was another comment about my face ‘slimming down’. More than anything, I was baffled over the stranger’s need to share her thoughts… Yes, I still have a bump. But that bump kept my little baby boy safe for a whole nine months. That bump has filled my world with even more love and light than I knew possible. That bump is a miracle worker… My bump will slowly go over time, but I’ll never stop being thankful to it and my body for everything it’s given me. #spreadlove ❤️ xx
Giovanna, whose husband, Tom Fletcher has been featured on our site before serenading to his wife’s pregnant belly, recording his first son’s adorable belly laugh and singing and adorable duet with his little man, admits to an awkward encounter with a stranger who points out she still looks pregnant after having her bub.
“Yes, I still have a bump. But that bump kept my little baby boy safe for a whole nine months. That bump has filled my world with even more love and light than I knew possible. That bump is a miracle worker..” Giovanna writes.
And she is oh so right.