This new mom’s side-by-side post-baby photos show how easy it is to fake a weight loss transformation

Mia Redwood

The INSIDER Summary:

  • New mom Mia Redworth’s Instagram account is full of beautiful, honest images of her post-baby body.
  • A recent post shows side-by-side photos of her wearing leggings with her stomach relaxed and pulled in, demonstrating how easy it is to change the way you look by posing.
  • In the caption, Redworth tells other moms that “no one is perfect” and urges them to embrace their post-partum beauty.   

Scrolling through Instagram photos of beautiful people posing in good lighting can make anyone feel self-conscious. New mothers who are under ridiculous pressure to make their bodies look exactly as they did before having children feel this tenfold.

Single mom Mia Redworth is trying to change people’s attitudes toward new mothers.

The UK-based mom of one uses her Instagram account to share gorgeous, honest images of what motherhood really looks like.

In a recent post of her wearing leggings, which we first saw on Refinery29, Redworth embraces her post-partum body as she demonstrates how easy it is to change your appearance by posing a certain way:

REALITY CHECK❗️ ✖️bloated vs posing ✖️no one is perfect, I have stretch marks from carrying a baba for 42 weeks, a little tummy pouch from a emergency c section, I have eczema from stress on my stomach and spend most of my time looking like the picture of the left! No awful teas that promise the world can fix this, humans just get bloated! It’s totally normal and fine to look like this. Stop thinking everyone on Instagram looks like how they do in pictures 24/7 because 98% of the time they’ve taken 100 pictures and picked the best one to upload. Stop being so harsh on your bodies. You’re gorgeous and perfect with your imperfections, a bloated belly or while you’re posing looking your best. Self love is the most important thing to give yourself so stop fighting it ❤️ #bodypositive #fitmum #realitycheck #postpartum #postpartumfitness #csection

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The photo on the left shows her stomach muscles relaxed, while the photo on the right shows her pulling in her stomach.

The post comes with an inspiring caption, in which Redworth admits that “no one is perfect.” She draws attention to her stretch marks, which she has “from carrying a baba for 42 weeks,” her “little tummy pouch from a[n] emergency c section,” and the eczema on her stomach, which was caused by stress.

Perhaps more importantly, the new mom wrote that she has spent “most of [her] time looking like the picture o[n] the left!” She also emphasized that “it’s totally normal and fine to look like this,” and urged others to “stop thinking everyone on Instagram looks like how they do in pictures.”

Here’s another candid photo from Redworth, proving that posing makes a difference:

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