A woman was told she looked like a whale after documenting her incredible postpartum transformation on Instagram

Reverting back to pre-baby weight is never easy – and for one mum-of-three, cruel comments online made it even harder.

Amy, 33, a fitness blogger based in Germany, recently posted her postpartum body on Instagram, where she shares her health and workout routines to her 14,000 followers on the Instagram account @fitness.fireball.

In the photo, Amy shows off what her pregnant belly looked like prior to giving birth to her daughter Olivia in April 2017, and what her body looked like one month, two months, and three months postpartum.

She also included her measurements and her weight to give her followers an accurate update of where she is in each photo.

Posing in the same bathing-suit in each photo, her transformation – the result of eating healthy and exercise, is remarkable.

But rather than support and encouragement for her incredible progress, the fit mum instead received hateful comments that criticised her appearance.

“You look like a whale. Were you really pregnant? You are too skinny now,” are just some of the body negative comments left on Amy’s photos – which she shared in an Instagram caption.

#throwback #realtalk ⠀ You look like a whale! How can your belly be over one meter!(it’s circumference🤦‍♀️) Were you Really pregnant 🙄 you forgot to fotoshop your titties. You are too skinny now! Eat a burger! 3 babies? Typical Asians.. they multiply like rabbits. WHY ARE YOU IN SUCH A HURRY TO GET BACK INTO SHAPE? ⠀ Those are some of the comments I’ve read on my transformation pictures. And unfortunately, I’ve seen similar replies directed towards other mothers as well. ⠀ Obviously, now that my hormones and sleep cycle are almost back to normal I don’t take any of those comments above serious.. ⠀⠀ But when my sleep was non existence and my emotions was all over the places those comments definitely hurt. ⠀⠀ IT HURTS because so many of them came from women!! WHY?? I don’t know 🤷‍♀️ us women should stick together!!! Encourage one another instead of tearing each other down! ⠀ COMMUNITY OVER COMPETITION 👊👊. ⠀ I took care of my body, so I could move again without pain, so I could get off my medications, so I could carry my older kids without feeling like my body was falling apart. ⠀ The physical results that came from eating healthy and working out was just a bonus. I was equally happy when I was 1 month pp vs now. ⠀⠀ The only difference is that I don’t need help to take care of my kids. I can shower without having to sit on a chair. I can walk further than 5 min from my home. ⠀ I feel Our society is so off sometime. ⠀ If us mom don’t get back into shape after giving birth, we are lazy and don’t value our health. ⠀ If we take actions to get fit, we get shun for getting back into shape too fast. ⠀ Why does it has to be either this or that? Like why? 🤷‍♀️ ⠀ So, if you want to get back in shape – go for it. If you want to chill and take it slow – – do it! ⠀ Whatever makes your motherhood transition easy and Don’t let ANYONE make you feel ashamed for taking actions towards your happiness and peace.

In the first photo, where she is heavily pregnant with her daughter, she weighed 72 kilograms (158 pounds) and three months postpartum weighed 52.5 kilograms (116 pounds).

However, Amy hasn’t taken the criticism to heart – and has instead shared with her followers how hurtful these comments can be to a new mum.

She wrote: “Obviously, now that my hormones and sleep cycle are almost back to normal I don’t take any of those comments above serious.. ⠀⠀

“But when my sleep was non existent and my emotions was all over the places those comments definitely hurt.”

Two weeks ago..LIFE was like … HEY MOMMY! I heard you like growth, so i’m going to throw you a cold 😷 challenge. ⠀⠀ Feeling a tat normal again and looking forward to be back on track next week 💪. ⠀⠀ Love my little darlings to pieces, BUT I would be 🤥 if I didn’t admit that I have on several occasions over the last week wished I could transport my walking bacteria bombs… hmm I meant kids to a safe, happy planet where Mary Poppins clones await, holding trays of fresh-baked cookies made of broccoli that taste like Chocolate chips. ⠀ A place where unicorns can sing “let it go” and LEGOs was edible. ⠀ Where magic sands turn into butterflies whenever kids are done playing, so I don’t have to clean up. ⠀ A place they can go, so I can let go of my worries, the responsibility and just recover for a bit without being poked on my cheeks at 3am and asked whether I can make waffles. ⠀ Any parents feel the same? 💕😁 #throwbackthursday #imallowedtodream

Amy said the comments were especially hurtful because many of them came from other women, who are criticising instead of supporting other women.

The new mum also shared why and how she worked on her body – which all has to do with staying healthy for her children.

“I took care of my body, so I could move again without pain, so I could get off my medications, so I could carry my older kids without feeling like my body was falling apart.

A reminder that you should never apologize for working towards being the best version of yourself. ⠀ You can’t please everyone. The best thing you can do is just believe in yourself and do what you think is right for you. It’s your life. Don’t let anyone make you feel guilty for living it your way. ⠀ I am #7monthspostpartum today #momof3. Time flies! ⠀ This is more than physical transformation for me, but about overcoming my own mental insecurities after my c section followed by an ER hysterectomy. For most of you who have been following me for some time, knows I had my share of ups and downs- in and out of the hospital. ⠀ Its been one hell of a ride and Im THANKFUL for every second of it. ⠀ The traumatic birth did shift my fitness focus for the better! From working out for atheistic reasons to gaining strength and mobility again. ⠀ All the effort to stay active and live healthy everyday is worth it. ⠀ Because I not only feel mentally great, but the best part is I can carry my kids again (all 3 of them at the same time!) and play catch with them without having pain running down my body. ⠀ Truly. If I CAN do it! YOU CAN DO It to. You might not see results as fast as you want to, but Don’t get discouraged and give up. Real Changes take time ❤. It’s worth the fight. ⠀ Happy Friday all 💕. ⠀ ⠀#vietnamesegirl

“The physical results that came from eating healthy and working out was just a bonus,” Amy wrote.

The new mum ended her post with words of support for other new mums – whether they are trying to get back in shape or not.

She wrote: “Whatever makes your motherhood transition easy and Don’t let ANYONE make you feel ashamed for taking actions towards your happiness and peace.”

#6monthspostpartum & 2 weeks update : ⠀ I feel blessed to have found a lifestyle that not only keeps my stress level low, but also makes me stronger each day. ⠀⠀ It’s TRUE – you reap what you sow. Lets be stubborn about our goals and never give up. We deserve to be happy and healthy. ⠀ Have a fantastic Tuesday Everyone 💕 …………………………………………………………………….. post edit : truth is your kids will love you regardless of how You look like. Beach ball belly or flat tummy they don’t care – they only want us to hug, kiss and love them

Amy’s honest post has prompted an outpouring of support from her followers – but despite the words of encouragement, the new mum acknowledged how important it is to find sources of happiness in life that aren’t connected to social media

 

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