New York Woman Posts Side-By-Side Photos, Viewers Stunned When They Look Down

After snapping two side-by-side photographs of herself just a few weeks apart, Kristen Sullivan wasn’t sure whether she should share them or not. Ultimately, she decided to post them on social media, and viewers were stunned when they looked down.

New Yorker Kristen Sullivan posted side-by-side pictures on social media which were taken a few weeks apart. (Photo Credit: Kristen Sullivan/Instagram)

“It took me 4 days to decide whether or not to share this,” Sullivan wrote on Instagram. “But recently there have been moms reaching out to me based on some things I’ve shared, so here goes. The left pic is 3 days before I delivered Gavin (my 2nd child), the right pic is 3 weeks postpartum,” she revealed.

“I’m sharing this to show moms that sometimes it doesn’t matter if you’re thin, ate right and exercised during pregnancy, sometimes your body grows in such a way that simply doesn’t allow you to ‘bounce back’ in friggen 3 weeks,” added Sullivan. “I feel like all I’ve been seeing is new moms sharing their amazing postpartum bods, 11 days after birth, 2 weeks after birth, etc. And while that’s wonderful for them, for many others, KNOW that it’s not realistic!” she wrote.

“While I won’t be totally sure till 6 weeks, I have a strong feeling that I’ve got Diastasisrecti (separation of the abs), in which case I’m determined to get the physical training I need to heal,” continued Sullivan. “I’ve also been wearing a postpartum corset for extra support. But in the meantime, I’m giving my body a chance to breathe. Did you SEE how far my belly stretched?! There is no race to bounce back moms. We’ll get there!!” concluded the mother-of-two.

It took me 4 days to decide whether or not to share this. But recently there have been moms reaching out to me based on some things I've shared, so here goes. The left pic is 3 days before I delivered Gavin (my 2nd child), the right pic is 3 weeks postpartum. I'm sharing this to show moms that sometimes it doesn't matter if you're thin, ate right and exercised during pregnancy, sometimes your body grows in such a way that simply doesn't allow you to "bounce back" in friggen 3 weeks. I feel like all I've been seeing is new moms sharing their amazing postpartum bods, 11 days after birth, 2 weeks after birth, etc. And while that's wonderful for them, for many others, KNOW that it's not realistic! While I won't be totally sure till 6 weeks, I have a strong feeling that I've got #diastasisrecti (separation of the abs), in which case I'm determined to get the PT I need to heal. I've also been wearing a postpartum corset for extra support. But in the meantime, I'm giving my body a chance to breathe. Did you SEE how far my belly stretched?! There is no race to bounce back moms. We'll get there!! #postpartum

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Diastasis recti is a condition many women suffer from after giving birth to a child, although some show symptoms which are more pronounced.

If you still look pregnant months after giving birth, you may have a diastasis recti. That’s what they call it when the rectus abdominis muscles in your abdomen separate during pregnancy, leaving a gap that allows your belly to pooch out. Here’s how it happens.

Your rectus abdominis (the “six-pack muscles”) is a pair of long, flat muscles that run vertically down each side of your abdomen. These muscles hold in your internal organs and stabilize your core.

As your belly expands during pregnancy, the connective tissue gets stretched out, allowing the rectus abdominis to pull apart and separate vertically down the middle. (Pregnancy hormones also play a role by relaxing the connective tissue to accommodate your growing baby.)

Sometimes the tissue heals, and the muscles come back together after delivery when your hormone levels return to pre-pregnancy levels. But if this doesn’t happen in three to six months, you can end up with a gap that won’t close without treatment. Studies show that about 40 percent of women have a diastasis at six months postpartum. [Source: Baby Center]

The changes that a woman’s body endures in order to bring a life into the world are truly remarkable. It is unfortunate that new mothers are pressured to “bounce back” immediately.

It’s sad that society says they should erase all signs that they ever carried or birthed a child so quickly. Sure, six-pack abs are impressive, but growing a child inside of you for 40 weeks is a downright miracle.

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