In a world where it seems women's bodies are constantly scrutinised, mums around the globe are sharing pictures of their stretchmarks and stomachs in celebration of their post pregnancy bodies.
Using the hashtag #mumbods in the UK and #mombods elsewhere on Instragram, women are embracing the way their body has changed after giving birth. One user wrote, "My stomach created the most beautiful girl in the world" and another shared: "Carrying a child is beautiful. Stretch marks are beautiful. Never let anyone tell you different."
It comes after the recent #dadbods movement which saw men on the social network praising their undefined muscles and beer bellies, typically seen on fathers. It began with an article by American university student Mackenzie Pearson titled 'Why Girls Love The Dad Bod', which went viral:
"The dad bod is a nice balance between a beer gut and working out. The dad bod says, "I go to the gym occasionally, but I also drink heavily on the weekends and enjoy eating eight slices of pizza at a time...there is just something about the dad bod that makes boys seem more human, natural, and attractive," he wrote.
Some women argued that it highlighted the inequalities society places on appearances, where women's post-pregnancy bodies aren't valued in the same way.
"This week, I heard this new trend called #dadbod and it made a lot of moms (including me) really f****** angry," wrote one Instagram user. "Since the birth of my gorgeous baby, I've been told stretch marks, extra fat and loose skin were something to be ashamed of but now suddenly it was considered "cool" for men to have it even though they didn't have the job of carrying a baby in their belly for 9 months...I'm so done being ashamed of my kickass body that produced a miracle."
Alongside men celebrating their natural bodies, women have stepped up to celebrate their own this week. Take a look at some of the best repsonses below...
A photo posted by Paigen Stoertebecker (@paigennnn) on
So we celebrate #dadbod but what about the women who give birth!!!!!!!!! Celebrate your #mumbod mines not perfect the odd stretch mark and a c-section scar but I'm a proud mummy!!!! #mummy #proud #societysucks
A photo posted by schurchill1987 (@schurchill1987) on
You know I was going around and around in my head if I wanted to post this or not... But I've recently read about how "dad bods" are in... Well what about the bodies of millions of woman who just had a baby? Why is society so judgmental about our bodies after giving birth to our beautiful children?... I had two beautiful baby girls and my body isn't the same like it was in high school. I don't workout like crazy to"get the perfect body" I love the way I look and I love myself enough to not torture myself to fit in with society. #loveyourself #mommytummy #dontcare #wasntbornperfect #neverwillbe #mombod #screwsociety
A photo posted by Jessie Smith (@jessie_baby916) on
My stomach created the most beautiful girl in the world. #MomBod #MomBody #BodyPosi #BodyPositive #LoveYourself #StretchMarks #The4thTrimester #ImperfectlyPerfect #SelfLove #4thTrimesterBodies #TigerStripes #Sexy #Powerful #Beautiful #HonorYourCurves #CurvesAreSexy #Pale #Tattooed #EffYourBeautyStandards #MyBodyMyRules #RedefiningSexy #AllBodiesAreGoodBodies #BeautyHasNoSizeLimit #EndBodyShaming
A photo posted by Kelli Claywell (@kelliclaywell) on
I can count on a couple fingers the amount of times I've ever posted a picture where even a little of my belly has showed. Even back when I had a flat stomach, i had some clear body image issues and refused to see myself as anything but ugly. This week, I heard this new trend called #dadbod and it made a lot of moms (including me) really fucking angry. Since the birth of my gorgeous baby, I've been told stretch marks, extra fat and loose skin were something to be ashamed of but now suddenly it was considered "cool" for men to have it even though they didn't have the job of carrying a baby in their belly for 9 months. Needless to say, society can screw itself and I'm so done being ashamed of my kickass body that produced a miracle. #mombod #sickofbeingashamed
A photo posted by @grrlfever on
So everyone's been doing the #dadbod thing. Then I heard that #mombod is now a thing too. Well, here's #mombod.... This body carried and birthed 2 children. It's not society's perfect bod but it's mine and it is pretty amazing what this "bod" has done. Embrace the #mombod all my beautiful mom's out there
A photo posted by Tiffany Ohm (@tiffohm1130831) on
#mombod I am posting this because when browsing through #mombod pictures I noticed, that the hashtag is used mainly for showing how awesome sportive and slim bodies one is having despite several pregnancies... Is the hashtag not meant to show bodies of all women? don't get me wrong, if you look awesome, show it! but if you look normal or different or no matter how: show it all the same!!! we are all beautiful :-) #mombod #motherhood #notskinny #normalbody #children #mama #kinder #belly #enfants #me #goodinmybody #feelinggood #atpeace
A photo posted by AnnaKrawall (@craftingkaschemme) on
Joining the #mombod hashtag. Here's my mom bod. I've had a kid, I play roller derby and am currently training for a 1/2 marathon. I also eat carbs and cheese and meat and sugar and don't starve myself. I have love handles, stretch marks, cellulite and I LOVE MY BODY!
A photo posted by AMomDuh (@amomduh) on
A photo posted by CombustibleHeart (@combustibleheart) on