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CrossFit Mom Revie Jane Schulz Wants You to Love Your Postpartum Body Just As It Is

Pregnancy and childbirth are hard enough on your body without the added pressure of having to snap back to your "pre-baby body" immediately. One fitness guru agrees, which is why she's trying to encourage women to love themselves just as they are. Australian CrossFit trainer Revie Jane Schulz gave birth to her daughter Lexington just five months ago. Through a series of Instagram posts, the 25-year-old mom has shared refreshingly honest updates with her 135,000 followers about the difficulties of accepting your postpartum body.

Schulz first opened up about body image in a post just six weeks after giving birth.

 

It's been 6 weeks since I had my little Lexington and without contest, it has been my biggest blessing in life. Being her mother is and will be my greatest accomplishment. I post on the daily about how much I adore her and how happy I am, but there are other sides to becoming a mother that I think are really important to speak out about. I’ve found myself several times looking down at my belly. I caught myself feeling sad when clutching the loose skin that was once tight, unmarked and toned. I tried to embrace and remind myself what it was all for but am left feeling so self conscious. I kept telling myself “you knew it wouldn’t be back to normal straight away, give it time,” but it was still a shock and I do get upset about it. And that is perfectly okay. Being in my profession, I used to live in a sports bras and shorts, I wondered ‘Will I ever have the confidence to do that again? I was confused because I felt like I was being ungrateful and vein. But how is suppressing feelings of sadness and insecurity going to work out for me? Trying to undermine those feelings can cause big problems in the future. When speaking to other Mum friends about it, they agreed that they felt like they were the only ones because its not often talked about. So, yes I have never been happier and yes I have a healthy, beautiful baby but that shouldn't mean I bottle up these feelings. I can honestly say, each week, it does get better. I remember thinking ‘Is this forever?’ I have seen so many changes already and am starting to feel content again! Will my body ever be the same? No it probably won’t be and I’ve learnt it will be better in other ways. If you have been following me, you would know I am totally in a love fest over my darling girl, but we gotta look after ourselves too. We’ve all made our sacrifices and each of us are entitled to feel. The best bit of advice. Look. Look at what you created! At any moment, I look at Lexi and happiness washes over me. My body is amazing. So is yours xo For my top tips on positive body image post bub I posted them on my Facebook Page (link in bio) x #postpartumbody #bodyimage

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She shared that she found herself "feeling sad when clutching the loose skin that was once tight, unmarked and toned." She continued by explaining that it's okay to have these feeling after going through such a dramatic physical experience. "I tried to embrace and remind myself what it was all for but am left feeling so self-conscious," she wrote.

Last week when Lexington reached five months old, Schulz shared yet another inspirational update. She posted a series of before and after photos of herself—the first when she was 21 weeks pregnant, next to her at 37 weeks and the last was of her today, five months after delivery.

 

This photo makes me realize 2 things- {1} the female body is seriously amazeballs and {2} Damn! I got some good wear out of these togs.These 3 photographs taken at 21 weeks, 37 weeks and baby girl Lexington is 5 months old. I STILL cant believe I grew a human, the sweetest little human I could have ever dreamed up- Baked for 41 weeks and 3 days right there in my belly.  I remember just after having Lex I still looked about 6 months pregnant it was such a shock. Despite trying to convince myself that it will go back down, inside I believed my tummy would stay that way forever. It took a good 3 months for my pouch to start shrinking again. But it does shrink back down, I promise. In hindsight, yes, a bit of patience would have come in handy  but that has never been my strong suit. For a trip down memory lane,  #reviejanesbump

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"The female body is seriously amazeballs," she wrote in the caption. "I STILL can't believe I grew a human, the sweetest little human I could have ever dreamed up—baked for 41 weeks and 3 days right there in my belly," she shared.

Then she got real about postpartum body image. "I remember just after having Lex I still looked about 6 months pregnant," Schulz revealed. "Despite trying to convince myself that it will go back down, inside I believed my tummy would stay that way forever...In hindsight, yes, a bit of patience would have come in handy."

Her fans seem to agree, and the post was quickly filled with comments thanking the mom for the solid advice. It's important to remember that a little bit of patience is the least you can give yourself after enduring an immensely difficult and beautiful experience like child birth.

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