New moms find themselves under more and more pressure to "bounce back" with a super-fit and sexy post-baby body. It's unfair, and it's unrealistic. Missouri mom Lexi Sinclair witnessed this body shaming firsthand when she wore a bikini and took her newborn to the community pool. Another woman came up to her to explain that her stretch marks made some men uncomfortable. (Really, guys?!)
She shared her story—and her inspiring response—to the Love What Matters’ Facebook page:
So today I took my 4-month-old son to the pool. While putting Christian's pool hat on, a woman (maybe mid-50s) comes up and makes conversation with me about Christian. Asking me his age, how much he weighs, how he sleeps, etc. She then proceeded to tell me that the men at the pool would feel more comfortable if I was in a one-piece swimsuit because a bikini isn't appropriate for a mother, especially one who's "still recovering."
Anyone who knows me knows I had a few words for this crazy, ballsy woman. But instead I just smiled, kissed my son and told her, "I'm proud of my body. In just one year I've gained 50 pounds, and lost 37. I've grown a human and given birth to a beautiful miracle. My body provided food for my child. So, no, my body might not be the best sight for other men to see. My stretch marks and tummy pudge might not be sexy. But they're proof that I've done something amazing, and I have a man that loves me and finds me even sexier and more beautiful now. To be honest, I don't give a tiny rat's ass what other men think. Have a nice day though."