No sooner have our babies entered the world than we are subjected to scrutiny over our ‘post-baby bodies’. It’s unfair and totally unrealistic to expect a woman to just snap back into shape – and one mum-of-four really wants you to know this.
Cassie, of the Australian reality show The Seven Year Switch, took to Instagram this week to remind mums that it’s more than OK if you’re not hitting the ‘target’ you had hoped for with your post-baby body.
Taking to Instagram three months after welcoming daughter Mena Lee, Cassie shared a split-photo of ’12 weeks pregnant versus 12 weeks postpartum’ to illustrate her point.
12 Weeks Pregnant v 12 Weeks Postpartum Excuse the pics, don't stress it's only skin and we all have it! Whilst I was 12 weeks pregnant in the first photo it's important to remember I was also only 12 months postpartum from my 3rd pregnancy at this time also! I had only started training at 5 months postpartum so super impressed with how well I had done! I would absolutely love to have my 12 week pregnancy body back in another 9 months time. But given this is now my 4th child I am being realistic when I say that I will probably never ever look like that again! I am currently training 3 days a week so not over doing it and because Mena is still feeding on demand and every 2-3 hours I am literally running straight there and back again in between feeds! My 1.5hrs out of the house is doing wonders for my sanity as well. Comparing pics side by side keeps me honest and has me returning to the gym! I know as women even though we absolutely love our Mummy roles, we sacrifice so much for these little monkeys and our bodies are the first to go! I'm taking my training one day at a time. I am not putting any crazy expectations on myself, heck I have I have enough stress already! Supporting all you Mumma's out there on your own journey getting back to some resemblance of your old self! Don't ever feel selfish for taking a little time for you... YOU are the captain of your ship.. If you go down your teeny tiny crew and ship will sink too! #postpartum #12weekspostpartum #mumbod #pregnancy #postpartumfitness #mumof4 #transformationtuesday #keepgoing #hardwork #motivation #youcandoit #startnow #keepitreal #nofilter #myshell #ryanandcass
“I would absolutely love to have my 12-week pregnancy body back in another nine months’ time. But given this is now my fourth child, I am being realistic when I say that I will probably never ever look like that again!” she wrote.
Acknowledging that a great figure can sometimes be ‘the first to go’ when it comes to ‘mummy sacrifices’, Cassie added that she has adjusted her goals to suit her lifestyle as a busy mum.
“I’m taking my training one day at a time. I am not putting any crazy expectations on myself, heck I have enough stress already!” she added.
As for those mums who feel they cannot afford to take the time out to work on themselves, Cassie had some very important advice: you DESERVE that much.
“Don’t ever feel selfish for taking a little time for you…YOU are the captain of your ship…If you go down, your teeny tiny crew and ship will sink too!” she advised.
Cassie’s legion of fans were mightily impressed by her words, with many hailing her as ‘inspiring’.