Tia Mowry has been keeping her followers abreast of all of the the experiences she’s been having since giving birth to her second child. That includes sharing the more stressful moments of caring for a newborn, speaking on how breastfeeding becomes easier with dietary changes, and filling us in on how her body is adjusting postpartum.
Over the weekend, the 39-year-old posed in front of a mirror, smile on her face, in some workout tights and a white T-shirt, showing off a protruding stomach. The star spoke candidly, as she has been doing lately in an effort to support new moms, about how seven weeks since giving birth, she still has a belly. She had a belly longer than expected with her first pregnancy with son, Cree, and initially, she was hard on herself and her body. But this second time around, she’s giving herself and her body a break, because she’s realized that it has worked a miracle, twice over, and it’s something to be proud of.
“7 weeks #postpartum. Some #pregnant women after giving birth no longer have a belly after 7 weeks. While others it may take a little longer. Me, I’m the latter,” she wrote. “I remember after giving birth to Cree, my belly didn’t all of a sudden go flat. I did have a C-Section, (as well as with my second pregnancy) and I thought something was wrong with me. I had seen in magazines the many women on the beach a few weeks #postpartum in a two piece. To be honest, it had to take time for me to embrace my new body. With this second pregnancy, I now have embraced that fact that I’ve housed a human being. A miracle. A life. If it takes a while for me to get back to my normal self, than so be it. This.Is.Me. And I love me.”
This isn’t the first time Mowry has spoken about being kind to our bodies after having a baby, particularly in the face of all the high expectations on women postpartum.
“I breastfed my son, and my boobs aren’t as perky as what they used to be. I have a little pooch after having my son, and I don’t mind discussing that,” she told SELF.com in 2016. “People ask, ‘Oh, are you pregnant?’ It’s like, ‘No honey, I had a child.’ This is what it looks like after you have a baby. This is who I am, and I love it.”