"In hindsight, yes, a bit of patience would have come in handy."

By Faith Brar
Updated: October 05, 2016

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.

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.

"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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