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"I’m very proud that I did it my way and in my time," Tia Mowry said, revealing her 68-pound weight loss after giving birth to her second child, Cairo, two years ago.
The actress says she took her time losing the weight and didn't feel rushed to "snap back" and instead enjoyed breastfeeding and spending quality time with her kids. She echoed the pressure that most women feel after birth and instead offers encouragement and inspiration, "Do YOU! Do what makes YOU proud and do it in YOUR time. Not anyone else’s. ❤️.”
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I’ve lost to date 68 pounds since giving birth to my daughter. I’m very proud that I did it my way and in my time. I didn’t feel rushed to snap back. I enjoyed breast feeding and spending quality time with #cairo and my son #cree. To all the women who are feeling pressured after birth. Do YOU! Do what makes YOU proud and do it in YOUR time. Not anyone else’s. ❤️
This isn’t the first time Tia has spoken out about the pressure.
“I was called fat during my pregnancy and I was called fat after my pregnancy,” she wrote. “Why do we do this to each other? Instead of love one another other? I will never understand that.” Tia said at the time that she’s “intentionally” being open about her journey “to show #women that it’s okay to go at your own pace, it is okay to love yourself no matter where you are in your journey.”
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Checking in. #17months post pregnant. I did it my way and in my time. Many women feel the need to #snapback right away after they deliver. That was never the goal for me. I was called #fat during my #pregnancy and I was called #fat after my #pregnancy. Why do we do this to each other? Instead of #love one another other? I will never understand that. I intentionally documented my journey and became vulnerable to show #women that it’s okay to go at your own pace, it is okay to love yourself no matter where you are in your journey. Do not fold to societal pressures. After hard work with just diet and exercise, today I’m closer to my goal. Do I have loose skin and stretch marks? YES. Guess what?? I LOVE all me and I want you to love all of you too. #women #rock Workout fit- @kellyrowland @fabletics
After conceiving, growing, laboring and delivering a tiny human, it’s easy for new moms to overlook the incredible physical feat that is pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum recovery and hyper focus on stretch marks, loose skin, changed breasts or a few extra pounds.
Dropping preconceived notions around what a postpartum body should look like—and approaching the time period with an open mind and acceptance—can help you reshape the way you perceive your body. And when you can view these changes as a natural part of the transformation to motherhood then you can eliminate a lot of the angst, stress, and worry surrounding what you’re “supposed” to look like!
You can find a few supportive ways to love your postpartum body here.