Giovanna Fletcher, author and host of the Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast, has opened up on social media about the realities of post-pregnancy dressing, and her message is resonating with new mums everywhere.
Last week, the 33-year-old mum-of-three took to Instagram to share how she’s struggling to find clothes that make her feel good, 10 weeks after giving birth.
“I’m currently at a very odd post-pregnancy stage where my clothes usually make me feel poo... nothing fits,” she wrote. “My maternity wear makes me look pregnant still and my ‘normal’ clothes either don’t do up or create all sorts of interesting lumps and bumps.”
Fletcher went on to say she’d found an outfit that finally made her feel good – a pair of Clary & Peg dungarees – making her “smile every time I look down or catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror” – but she was also quick to point out the importance of not “berating” her body, instead focusing on the “wonderful job” it did at helping her deliver another healthy child.
Fletcher gave birth to Max in August and also has two older sons, Buzz, four, and Buddy, two, with her musician-husband Tom Fletcher of McFly fame.
The post has now garnered over 71,000 likes and hundreds of comments from women relating to Giovanna’s honesty.
One fellow mum commented: “Oh, my God! I thought it was just me who felt like this. My daughter is 11 weeks old and I’m struggling to feel good in anything.”
A second woman replied: “Currently on holiday and I’m hating having photos taken with my family. I’m feeling extremely insecure. Feels good to know that I’m not alone in feeling the post-pregnancy struggles.”
And another added: “I have two children, one is two and the other is three weeks old but currently feeling bigger than ever and hating the mum tum with such passion. Don’t even know where to begin with getting rid of that but my two beautiful babies are worth it.”
This isn’t the first time Fletcher has shared the realities of being a mum. The social-media blogger regularly champions body confidence and speaks out about her postpartum figure.
Back in March, she posted a picture of herself after an online troll said she was looking “a mess”.
She wrote: “Having just spent the day entertaining the boys, after a weekend of doing the same, I just looked in the mirror and thought, ‘Fair point!’"
“See, the thing is, I really don’t have the time (or desire) to pile on the make up when I’m in my own home… My clothes are baggy and ones I can run and play in... In the mornings I go for speed, ease and comfort because I have other things to factor into my morning routine.”
She went on to underline that she is perfectly happy without a make-up bag, pointing out the important fact that this is the face she was born with – and her sons have never complained that she isn’t better put together.
“I am in absolutely no doubt, that they love me in whatever state I happen to be in. I think their opinion carries far more weight.”
We need more voices like Giovanna’s, especially when Victoria’s Secret models Candice Swanepoel and Behati Prinsloo were praised for their “fabulous post-baby bodies” at the brand’s fashion show last week. Although the media continues to obsess over women getting their post-baby bodies “back to normal”, it’s reassuring to see that Instagram accounts like Giovanna’s are cutting through the “perfect” sheen of celebrity life.