Last month Bachelor alum Jade Roper Tolbert accidentally gave birth in her closet. You can't get much more real than that. But Jade continues to serve up realness during her fourth trimester, posting a photo that proves that baby bumps don't disappear instantly when the baby is born.
"It's taking my uterus more time to return to its normal state this time around, but honestly I have never loved my body more than I have this postpartum," the mom of two captioned a sweet skin-to-skin selfie with baby Brooks.
She continues: "I received several stitches and am slowly healing physically—the mental and emotional healing is hard to put a finger on, but I am giving myself grace to process everything."
We are so happy to see Jade is recovering physically and emotionally from Brooks' intense birth, and we're pleased to see her talking about her recovery so candidly. Jade is right, the bump sticks around for a while especially when it is not your first pregnancy.
As Motherly's Digital Education Editor Diana Spalding, a midwife, writes, "The extent to which the postpartum bump lasts depends on a few factors: what number baby this is (it tends to be more exaggerated with each pregnancy because everything's been stretched out before), pre-existing strength of the abdominal muscles, and body type in general."
In short, it is totally normal for Jade to still be rocking a bump at this stage in the game. And thankfully, she knows it. "[A]fter such an overwhelming labor and delivery, I have so much respect for my body and the journey it's been on this year to grow and bring this perfect little joy into my life. So in love, so thankful," Jade writes.