A mom is calling attention to the unrealistic societal expectations placed on postpartum bodies.
In an Instagram post shown below, Sarah Nicole Landry, who is a body confidence advocate and goes by @thebirdspapaya on the platform, shined a light on how "positive" comments made about a postpartum body can potentially cause more harm than good.
The photo includes screenshots of compliments that were made about another woman's body after she had recently given birth. "Okay how don't you have a postpartum body??? You're amazing," one comment reads. "Body snapped back like it's nothing wow."
"No, these comments weren’t for me," Sarah explained in the caption. "They were for a fellow mother on her own postpartum journey days after birth."
"Her individual journey. Her individual body. And yet, such reactions from onlookers. 'Respect,' 'Goals,' 'Snap back queen,' 'What baby?' I’ve personally never heard these comments, and I’m thankful (in a way?)."
"I can’t help but see the damage this could cause all the readers, the future birthers, and the woman herself — a body seen as her greatest achievement (and the silent threat of losing that with time or change)."
"The reality is — we have no idea what anyone is going through. At the height of my own [journey,] body compliments was at a low in my life. A rock bottom. From the surface, I was an accomplishment. Beneath it, I was falling apart."
"A reminder, I suppose, that when the world gets loud for you, reflect in your own silence. When the world gets quiet for you, get loud for yourself. And to remember that even a positive body comment may be a negative one. We just never know."