Mom’s Hopes Postpartum Photo of ‘Lumps and Bumps’ Will Put an End to ‘So Much Judgement’

This mom of four’s postpartum photo speaks VOLUMES—but her caption’s not bad, either.

Mom of 4 and photographer Briana Klink Macon describes herself on her Instagram account as “Happiest of mothers to my angel, Aubri, my Tyler Hope, Nash Riley+Parker Avery. Staying afloat.” Together with her husband Brian (yep, you read that right! Briana and Brian!), she operates Macon Photography (check out their site for their stunning work!) So, as you might imagine, her Instagram feed is full of GORGEOUS photos of her family. However, there’s one in particular that caught my eye when I saw it reposted online lately—not only because the image is breathtaking, but because the caption, well, it pretty much says it ALL.

The image, below, was posted just a few days after Macon gave birth to her 4th child and second son, Parker.

I remember when I had my first baby at 25 I was so worried about people thinking I was ‘fat’ after, of all the things?! I was so young and naive, not able to comprehend the beauty that my body had just accomplished. 5 pregnancies, 1 vaginal delivery, 3 c-sections later, I finally get it. I see the human body in a different light, I see myself in a different light. I have curves in new places, bumps and lumps and scars. Scars some would view as ‘ugly’. I grew tiny little perfect people. I’m able to nourish and feed from my own body. I asked my husband what he thought of my scar. His first response, ‘I don’t even see it’. He continued with ‘if anything I look at it and see all that you went through to give us our family’ Find a person that’s good and true, that sees you and only you. I’ll never know how I got so lucky but I’m thankful every day. Lastly, I feel like there’s so much controversy over natural births, c-sections, v-bacs, nursing or formula fed. So much judgement. All that truly matters is that mom and baby are safe and healthy, that there is an abundance of love and we’re giving this life our best. Being a mother is hard enough, why divide ourselves? Why compare? There are days I struggle to get out of bed, stay in sweats, yell at my toddlers all day and I order pizza for dinner. There are days I put make up on, get dressed and feel like I can take on the world…until about noon and I realize, this shits hard, when’s nap time. We’re all just taking it day by day. I’m just glad I’m finally able to find comfort in my own skin. To find appreciation and growth. I hope if you’re going through all the new phases of motherhood, you’re able to find strength and give yourself grace. You’re able to see how beautiful you are. Bringing life in to this world; mothering is such a magical gift.Never underestimate the power of a woman✨ #10dayspostpartum #csectionrecovery #uniteinmotherhood #selflove #relaxyouseemoreinabathingsuitpost #mymomwillstillfreakwhenshestalksmyinstagram #normalizebreastfeeding

A photo posted by Briana Klink Macon (@littlewhale3) on

In her post, Macon addresses an issue most moms deal with: postpartum body image, and then goes on to relate it to another issue that often brings new moms to tears: judgement over parenting choices, or the ever-popular “mom shaming.” In case you can’t read the fine print on her caption above, here’s what she says.

I remember when I had my first baby at 25 I was so worried about people thinking I was ‘fat’ after, of all the things?! I was so young and naive, not able to comprehend the beauty that my body had just accomplished. 5 pregnancies, 1 vaginal delivery, 3 c-sections later, I finally get it. I see the human body in a different light, I see myself in a different light. I have curves in new places, bumps and lumps and scars. Scars some would view as ‘ugly’. I grew tiny little perfect people. I’m able to nourish and feed from my own body.
I asked my husband what he thought of my scar. His first response, ‘I don’t even see it’. He continued with ‘if anything I look at it and see all that you went through to give us our family’ Find a person that’s good and true, that sees you and only you. I’ll never know how I got so lucky but I’m thankful every day.

Lastly, I feel like there’s so much controversy over natural births, c-sections, v-bacs, nursing or formula fed. So much judgement. All that truly matters is that mom and baby are safe and healthy, that there is an abundance of love and we’re giving this life our best. Being a mother is hard enough, why divide ourselves? Why compare? There are days I struggle to get out of bed, stay in sweats, yell at my toddlers all day and I order pizza for dinner. There are days I put make up on, get dressed and feel like I can take on the world…until about noon and I realize, this shits hard, when’s nap time. We’re all just taking it day by day. I’m just glad I’m finally able to find comfort in my own skin. To find appreciation and growth. I hope if you’re going through all the new phases of motherhood, you’re able to find strength and give yourself grace. You’re able to see how beautiful you are. Bringing life in to this world; mothering is such a magical gift. Never underestimate the power of a woman✨ #10dayspostpartum #csectionrecovery #uniteinmotherhood #selflove #relaxyouseemoreinabathingsuitpost #mymomwillstillfreakwhenshestalksmyinstagram #normalizebreastfeeding

Now, I know most of  us don’t  have the benefit of a professional photographer husband, and, well, I for one certainly never looked THAT beautiful and put together after just having a baby, but I won’t hold Macon’s beauty against her, in the spirit on non-mom-judgement! 😉 It is TRULY her message that I love SO much — our bodies are AMAZING, hosting and giving birth to NEW LIFE. “I grew tiny little perfect people,” Macon says, “I’m able to nourish them from my own body.” When I was 26, and just had my first child via c-section, I felt sick, sore, was puffy from high blood pressure and engorged from nursing. I felt scared and confused—and generally bad about myself. How I WISH I’d had read a message of mom encouragement and empowerment like this one! I was feeling like a failure because of my c-section, and Macon’s statement here, “Lastly, I feel like there’s so much controversy over natural births, c-sections, v-bacs, nursing or formula fed. So much judgement. All that truly matters is that mom and baby are safe and healthy, that there is an abundance of love and we’re giving this life our best. Being a mother is hard enough, why divide ourselves? Why compare?” would have helped me out SO much.

Which is why, my dears, I’m sharing it with you. You. Are. Amazing. And, I have no doubt you are making the RIGHT choices for your children today. So give yourself a pat on your postpartum tummies, mama, and tell yourself you are the mom God made for YOUR kids, and with His help, you are going to do the best job ever, with the incredible body He gave you!

Jenny Rapson
Jenny Rapson is a follower of Christ, a wife and mom of three from Ohio and the editor of For Every Mom. You can email her at [email protected], or follow her on Twitter.

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