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You can be shamed if you're too skinny, shamed if you're too curvy and shamed if you just had a baby. Somedays it just seems women and their bodies can't win. Well, new mom Mel Rymill is hoping to change that by posting an unedited photo of her post-baby body that is quickly going viral.
The first-time mom from Australia shares that at her first session with a physical trainer post-baby, the the trainer immediately said, "Obviously, you want to get back to your pre-baby weight," with the assumption being that she wasn't happy with the way she looked and nor should she be.
And in her own words, "[I]t pissed. Me. Off."
"No one is comfortable in their own skin 100 percent of the time. Constantly labeling people and piling expectations associated with these labels on them is harmful to everyone ... including those doing the labeling. What we should be worrying about is if people are OK, not what they look like," says Rymill.
She reveals that she told the trainer that her goal was to "regain my core strength and endurance ... I'm not worried by how my body looks, only how it functions ... it can be pretty badass."
So the fierce mom decided to fight back by posting a picture of herself in her not-so-glamourous underwear—nursing bra and all.
"So here I am. I may not be magazine-ready, my nana undies and bedtime nursing bra are certainly not going to be rocking a runway anytime soon, my hair is greasy, I have no makeup on, my body is squishy and plentiful, I'm not even sure I'm totally OK.
"But I am strong. My body is healthy. Hell, I am badass as f---! Screw what society wants from me. This is what's on offer."
Rymill ends her post by asking other women to join her in embracing their bodies, post-baby or not, with the hashtag #badassundies and it seems the world can't get enough. Women from all over are posting pictures of their real and glorious selves.
But seriously, with all that a woman's body goes through to get pregnant, carry a baby and then deliver a baby, moms are pretty badass, indeed.