Sadly, body-shaming is a reality in today’s society, with women criticising other women for not looking or acting a certain way.
And with the likes of Kim Kardashian emerging from their home looking svelte mere weeks after having a baby, it can be really tough on women who do struggle with their body image, whether they're big, small or average size.
But one mum in the UK has had enough of all the shaming, and she contacted MummyPages to bring our attention to a Facebook post where she makes her opinion known.
Thame-based Mahesha Rice is mum to a gorgeous two-year-old daughter and, just like us here, she has simply had enough of this idea of the ‘perfect’ mum, writing: “So what if I'm a few sizes bigger than I used to be, what if my body is covered with stretch marks, what if I live in hoodies and baggy clothes, what if doing make-up is a chore, my girl is worth all that and more [sic]!”
The post, which sees her cuddling her little girl, sends a very important message to women everywhere – a message we all need to read.
#throwbackthursday #MamaStamp So yes, the picture on the top is me, before having my little girl. That was when I felt beautiful and confident! That was when I could throw myself at anything and say yes to whatever madness life was throwing at me. Then I got pregnant, I ate enough for whole England and had my gorgeous girl. She's now two and I'm still living with the baby weight I gained. Yes some mums have 3 kids and still have the skinny body they had before! Some find the time to juggle work, kids and still exercise and eat healthy! I admire you lot! But there are also mums, like me, that don't want to exercise after a exhausting long day of work, an evening of house chores and looking after a toddler. I put Kayleigh to bed and all I want to do is have my dinner, and lie on the sofa cuddling my hubby with a glass of wine! So yes, I'm no longer the attractive looking woman I used to be but I'm now a Mummy to the most beautiful girl on earth! So what if I'm a few sizes bigger than I used to be, what if my body is covered with stretch marks, what if I live in hoodies and baggy clothes, what if doing make-up is a chore, my girl is worth all that and more! Let me enjoy being a Mummy! @mummypages #KayleighRice #MaheshaRice #TBT #mummysgirl #mummylife #toddler #acceptyourself #respecteachother