Surfer Bethany Hamilton bares her post-baby body… and her soul

We adore pro surfer, shark attack survivor and new mum Bethany Hamilton. The champion recently returned to surfing, two months after her son was born, and now she has something to say about the constant chatter about post birth bodies.

We’re loving all of the images 25-year-old Bethany is posting of her son Tobias, who was born on June 1. But this week Bethany,, who lost her arm in a shark attack, posted another image on her Facebook page. And this time in defence of mums’ after-baby bodies.

I've seen many comments on "her post birth body." I find it silly for us as women to worry about our body as we grow a…

Posted by Bethany Hamilton on Sunday, 9 August 2015

“I find it silly for us as women to worry about our body as we grow a human being inside of us! It is such an amazing feat to go through pregnancy. And then you have this wonderful lil being that is part you and part of your significant other. It’s natural and healthy to gain weight,” she writes.

“Here I am two months after giving birth to Tobias. I feel great and healthy! It takes nine months for our bodies to change and grow. So I can say it’s alright to take your time, maybe about nine months, to get back to the new, healthy, beautiful, and normal you.”


It’s garnered a raft of praise from her Facebook followers, who love her honesty.


It’s the latest in a growing number of mums, high-profile and otherwise, who are refusing to be ashamed of their bodies after giving birth. We’ve previously featured photography projects and websites that aim to debunk myths surrounding women’s post-baby bodies.

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