"Oh look, Mummy's still got her tummy," a stranger told Giovanna Fletcher after pointing to her stomach and laughing. The actress and author had given birth only 11 days before.
Fletcher was initially shocked and confused—because as moms know, the postpartum belly is normal and nothing to be ashamed of. But the mom of two, who is married to McFly star Tom Fletcher, didn't want to leave it at that. So she wrote about the recent body shaming incident on Instagram and added an inspiring message for all new moms.
The stranger's "words have stuck with me," the 31-year-old wrote. "Yes, I still have a bump. But that bump kept my little baby boy safe for a whole nine months. That bump has filled my world with even more love and light than I knew possible. That bump is a miracle worker. ... My bump will slowly go over time, but I'll never stop being thankful to it and my body for everything it's given me."
Giovanna's post, now liked 62,000 times, conveys to moms and strangers alike that no mother should be shamed for her body's beautiful and life-giving change.
Friends and fans offered words of support on Instagram.
"I still have a tummy now after nearly four years, and my son loves to rub it as he knows he used to live in there! Haters gonna hate. All the ladies who are struggling to conceive would give anything for that tummy! You rock," said user the_unicorn_room.
Chloe Carroll wrote, "Carrying a baby for nine months is the most rewarding thing to do . And most importantly it's what our bodies are made to do! Beautiful words, Gi! You are beautiful and we all love you."
"What (on) earth is wrong with some people? Who were they to judge? I don't get the whole 'lose the baby weight' quickly. Surely as long as you have a happy, healthy baby nothing else should matter?" commented houghtone.
So here's a lesson for people even thinking about saying something about a woman's body: You can take your unwanted comments and shove it.