Instagram model praised after baring all just 24 hours after giving birth
Nowadays, women are expected to bounce back into shape straight after having a baby - but Instagram model Hannah Polites is here to crush society's impossible expectations.
The influencer thrilled fans when she posed make-up-free and in the nude just 24 hours after giving birth, showing the reality of a post-labour body.
Watch Hannah hilariously dance her way through pregnancy:
The 27-year-old gave birth to her second child Arlo four days ago and had been criticised by some people online for posting a picture of herself looking perfect while in labour.
However, the Australian won followers' hearts yesterday when she uploaded two images side-by-side, one showing her naked at 38 weeks pregnant and the other in the nude just 24 hours after giving birth.
In her caption, Hannah wrote that she was tired, pale, and sore, but "so proud" of creating a "beautiful life". She also made it clear to fans that she was no hurry to run to the gym, writing that she would be focusing on her family.
"Although a little confronting for me, I want to be as real as possible with you all and share my post partum body journey exactly how it is," she wrote. "I was tired, pale and a little sore but so proud of what I’d just achieved the day before. The human body is so amazing and I’m so thankful that mine was able to grow, birth and now nurture my boy 😱👶🏼💖".
She continued: "I’m in no rush to 'bounce back' and will just be focusing on my family and new baby, not exercising for at least 6 weeks.
"Evaliah has already asked why mama’s belly button 'looks funny' and why my skin on my belly is so soft and she now knows that it’s because my body created a beautiful life and that’s bloody incredible ✨😭 #thankful#postpartumbody #postpartum".
The image received nearly 70,000 likes and hundreds of comments from people who hailed the model for posting a realistic representation of a woman's body after labour.
"THIS IS SO IMPORTANT, wrote @veganishmama. "Thank you so much for sharing and keeping it real, you don’t know the number of new mums that you’ve brought comfort to with this post..."
An Instagrammer with the username @sineadring88 also shared her own story, writing: "So see how all the women are like 'this is so important for woman [sic] to know' etc etc. Well i [sic] think men/boys also need to know. My brother came to visit me after i [sic] had my baby girl, when i [sic] left the room to use the bathroom he whispered to my parents "she still has a belly though" with a look of disgust on his face 😂 ... no idea! 😂".
Congratulations, Hannah, and thanks for keeping it real!