Mum-of-three Samantha McSwain isn’t afraid to strip down to her underwear for the camera. Even if she’d only given birth one day prior.
The influencer mum kept it real, sharing a smiling postpartum selfie in her skivvies after giving birth to her third baby. Sam rocks a pair of mesh underwear, a mum bun, and a beautiful postpartum belly.
‘Here I am, day 1 postpartum, in my mesh underwear’
Samantha shared the snap with her hundreds of thousands of fans as a way to document her post-baby body and to prove that a ‘baby bump’ doesn’t disappear straight away.
The journey back to my pre-pregnancy weight sure won’t be easy, but I’m taking it one day at a time.
So here I am, day 1 postpartum, in my mesh underwear. I still don’t understand how some women can look their best even after delivery. Not me, I just want to eat, sleep, and breastfeed.”
For Sam, the reason for the candid pic was to inspire other mums to love their new post-baby skin.
I took this photo to show mothers everywhere that we need to love our body no matter what it may look like because having a baby is the most precious and sacred moment,” Sam tells Motherly.
Give yourself time
Sam is now six months postpartum and admits that her body was different during each one of her pregnancies and postpartum periods.
During her pregnancies, she developed stretch marks, skin discolouration and abdominal separation, all totally normal and common for mums.
Now that her baby is a bit older, she’s back on an exercise regime that works for her and proud of her progress. And rightfully so!
Katy Perry’s postpartum selfie
Sammy isn’t the first mum to rock out with her jock out post-birth.
Katy Perry did the exact same thing just last week, five days after giving birth to first baby, Daisy Dove Bloom. Rather than prepare for the VMA awards, she posed makeup-free in her new mum undies and breastfeeding pumping bra.
Have a look at our other postpartum stories that prove, after giving birth, it’s not about “bouncing back”. It’s all about going forward and learning to love your body for all that it has done.
Body after triplets
This mumma of triplets, photo below, also stripped down to showcase her post-baby body, 12 weeks after giving birth.
The beauty behind the marks of a mum
Hayley Stavenger, the proud mumma in the photo below is one of the mums paving the way for the ‘stretchmark love’ movement.
Stomach postpartum selfie
Kristen Sullivan also showcased her incredible stretching stomach superpowers, once again proving that new mums have some seriously hidden talents.
The ebb and flow of motherhood
Photographer Tiffany Bourke also shared a stunning postpartum selfie and message on Insta:
Our bodies are important to love, but not so important to invest so much hate into. SO MUCH MORE MATTERS. Be healthy. Be strong. Make a change when you can. Be you. Be unafraid. Ignore the rest.”