If there’s one famous mama who always keeps it real when it comes to motherhood, it’s Ashley Graham. In her latest Instagram video, she shows off her “strong” body just five months after delivering her twin sons.
Graham shared a full-body video (sporting her new Knix collection bra and underwear), where the mom of three looks gorgeous and confident.
“Posting this video for all the mamas who haven’t and may never ‘bounce back’ and for anyone who needs to be reminded that your body is beautiful in its realest form,” she wrote in the caption.
Last year, she opened up about how “bounce-back culture” affected her relationship with her body while pregnant with her first son, Isaac, and her postpartum experience.
“I learned that the hard way when I tried to control everything when I was pregnant with Isaac and I told myself that I was going to bounce right back because I was breastfeeding and everybody told me, ‘Oh, if you breastfeed you’re going to lose all the weight,'” Graham said at the time, and acknowledged that isn’t what happened for her. “It’s so hard acknowledging and accepting the loss of control of your body when you’re pregnant.
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Earlier this year, she gave birth to twins Malachi and Roman—which means she has three kids two and under. Who has time to worry about “bouncing back,” anyway?
“This is my strong, five-month-postpartum-been-pregnant-for-two-years body. As it is. In hopes to further normalize ALL bodies in every and any stage of life,” she concluded in the caption of her latest video.
In a recent essay for Glamour, Graham shared the very traumatic and scary details of the home birth of her twins.
“They didn’t want to tell me that one of the midwives had to flip me over, press her finger down right above my vagina bone to try and stop the bleeding,” she writes. “And they didn’t want to tell me that the vein in my arm kept collapsing and they couldn’t get the needle in for the Pitocin, so they’d had to put it in my hand. But even though they didn’t want to go into the details at that moment, I looked around the room, saw blood literally everywhere, and let out this deep, visceral cry—an emotional release from the chaos I had just experienced.”
With everything she’s been through, it’s safe to say that her body is worth its weight in gold—and all moms should all feel that way about our bodies, no matter what.