“The Bachelorette” alum Desiree Hartsock posted a selfie on Instagram Wednesday, just four days after welcoming son Zander with husband Chris Siegfried.
She wanted to support other moms and let fans know “the fourth trimester is no joke.”
Hartsock accompanied a photo of herself in bra and panties with the caption, “I’m not typically one to document or especially share body image pics but the more and more postpartum pics I see from you all- the more empowering I feel the message can be to new moms- or anyone for that matter!. So here I am 4 days postpartum looking like I’m still pregnant but feeling like a supermodel/ warrior. Haha.”
Desiree pointed out that “it is an absolute miracle what our bodies can do to carry and deliver a baby.”
The 32-year-old later added, “It needs to be recognized that a woman’s pregnancy journey doesn’t end when the baby arrives- there’s so much healing and recovery that needs to take place physically and mentally when lack of sleep and roller coaster hormones are at work. Not to mention the post cramping the uterus does to contract back. it’s like labor all over again.”
Desiree insisted that society needs to “embrace the beauty of the body during this time and expect a new mom to just ‘bounce’ back like her body didn’t just go through battle.”
The reality star continued, “It’s feeling beautiful and courageous in our own skin no matter the stretch marks, extra weight and whatever else is going on. Grace upon grace upon grace... for ourselves and each other.”
She ended with the message, “You’re awesome, your body rocks and you’re beautiful! #postpartum #pregnancy #selflove.”
Desiree and Chris met on “The Bachelorette” and got engaged in 2013. The pair tied the knot in 2015 and welcomed son Asher in 2016.