This Mom Has a Message for People Who Body Shame Women With Postpartum Bodies

posted: 04/14/17
by: MIkayla Baiocchi

This particular stranger was trying to sell Kelly Howland a weight loss product. Instead, she made her realize how sick and tired she is of the pressure society puts on women to get their postpartum bodies in shape.

According to her Facebook post, Howland was carrying her newborn through a department store when a stranger approached her and complimented her baby. But it was obvious that wasn't where the stranger's intentions truly lied; she went on to suggest Howland try a particular weight loss program.

This woman approached her, Howland said, because of the "cultural pressure postpartum mothers face regarding their physical appearances."

"Can we PLEASE not perpetuate the pressure," writes the new mother, "the impossible expectations, and therefore keep alive the insecurities that we newly postpartum women face regarding our new and changing bodies as we enter motherhood?"

Along with an explanation of the eye-opening incident, Howland posted a selfie from in the department store where she has a distraught look on her face and a brand new baby secured to her chest.

"Can we just offer each other adoration of the amazing things that we've accomplished and see our physical changes as marks of phenomenal accomplishment that only our sex has the privilege of experiencing?"

She ended her heartfelt post reiterating how her body doesn't need to be wrapped, squeezed or changed. Instead, it needs to be valued and revered for "the incredible life it just brought into this world."

Very well said, Kelly.