The mum’s photo came under fire for encouraging women to love their post birth bodies and were told to ‘have a little modesty’…

Four Arizona mums have come under fire for a photo they uploaded showing off their post birth bodies. Bethanie Garcia, and her blogging friends Katie, Meg and Desiree, decided to share the pic to encourage women to celebrate diverse body types but were shocked when online trolls criticised them for promoting an unhealthy body image.

Every Body Is Different

The initial idea for the picture came about when Meg started a hashtag called #this_is_postpartum in an attempt to highlight to women that every body looks different post birth The Daily Mail reports. “She asked Katie, Desiree and I to help her with it, and since then, we’ve collaborated on six plus projects together – ranging from body image to mental health,” Bethanie said.

The image was shared on fifteen different Instagram pages and was praised for its celebration of diversity. “This is beautiful and I’m glad to see women unapologetically loving themselves,” one commenter wrote. It was this kind of response that the women had been hoping for. “Our hope in taking the photo was that it would reach women who didn’t feel that their body types were represented in the media,” Bethanie said. “If it helped even one woman, we would be grateful and happy. And it did!”

Mums Celebrate Post Birth Bods

A Hateful Response

As with any post that goes viral, trolls are never far away, but the mums admit they were taken aback by some of the hateful comments they received. “Why aren’t there any fit women in this photo?” one comment asked. “Not every post partum body is fat and loose.” “Sorry, having a baby doesn’t do that damage,” wrote another. “The mother did it to herself by overeating during pregnancy.”

Bethanie says the mums were determined not to let the trolls win, releasing a second, defiant post defending their decision to share the picture. “What’s ever louder than all the haters and trolls is women who have said ‘finally a body that looks like mine’ or ‘I struggle with my body image and this made me feel so much less alone,” it read. “Those comments are messages that make it all worth it!”

What do you think of the mum’s post birth pics? Share your thoughts in the comments!


  • So proud of these women for showing how diverse and natural women can be. Not everyone can be a size 6 model so I think it’s so wonderful that these women are proud of what they have achieved in growing and giving birth to a baby

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  • Why do people feel the need to put others down?? I think these woman are fabulous. I know that I wasn’t prepared for what my stomach looked like after birth, and I love that these women are proud and showing the world. Having a baby does all sorts of weird and not so wonderful things to our bodies and we need to be more open about that fact so that women don’t have body issues afterwards.

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  • I used to have loose skin after my babies were born, but I filled it out with donuts and chocolate

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  • So it is ok to share photos of fit women wearing barely anything but not women who don’t have a perfect body? People are ridiculous. I am a healthy weight and I am fit, but I have also had two 5kg+ babies so I have heaps of loose skin on my belly. I don’t share photos of myself in any state of undress but that is my choice.

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  • If your comfortable posting then it’s no ones choice but their own.


    • Exactly! Power to them for their strength!

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  • Lovely pics and the behaviour of trolls is just boring and mean!

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  • However a body looks, we always should be respectful !

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  • go ladies!!

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  • So rude for these trolls to say such things

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  • This isn’t a particularly immodest photo… And a lot of women look like that pst partum regardless of what they ate or how fit they are.

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  • My stomach skin is so loose and plentiful I can make an origami swan with it. It’s a real burden.

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  • I’m quite modest so I don’t feel the need to show off my body but if it empowers other women than good on them

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  • Real women, real bodies. Beautiful!

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  • Hard to be modest about a body that looks like that when its looking back at you from the mirror every time you get dressed.

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  • I wouldn’t dare share a picture of me public, but good on them for doing that!

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