‘It’s something you’re not prepared for’: new mom, 27, shares how her stomach has changed in the hours and days since giving birth to highlight the truth about ‘bounce back’
- Australian blogger Ellie Bullen, 27, is best known for publishing vegan cookbooks
- The new Queensland mom gave birth to her son Bowie Watson on July 12
- She decided to take some pictures that she immediately took of her body
- And now, a week later, she has posted another picture of her swollen belly
- Mothers praised Ellie for being so open about the postpartum experience
Food blogger Ellie Bullen shared photos of her postpartum body in the hours and days after the birth of her first child to highlight how the process really is.
Best known for selling vegan cookbooks and sharing luxury travel photos on Instagram, the 27-year-old gave birth to her son Bowie Watson on July 12.
Ellie, who lives on the Gold Coast with her husband Alex Watson, is in no rush to ‘bounce back’ after giving birth and enjoyed taking care of her newborn for the first few days.
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Australian food blogger Ellie Bullen shared photos of her postpartum body in the hours and days after the birth of her first child (photo at 34 weeks pregnant)
The 27-year-old gave birth to her son Bowie Watson on July 12 (pictured left at 40 weeks and right one week after delivery)
“I wanted to celebrate a week of postpartum by recreating the shoot I did when we were 40 weeks pregnant,” she endorsed a recent social media collage.
“It’s amazing what the body can do and how much it can change in just a week.”
She called on followers to look through the ‘real’ and ‘raw’ images of what her body looked like two hours, two days, four days and a week after birth.
“I wanted to share because I think it’s something you’re not prepared for the first time,” she said.
She called on followers to look through the ‘real’ and ‘raw’ images of what her body looked like two hours (left), two days (right), four days and a week after birth
“I wanted to share because I think it’s something for the first time your mom isn’t really prepared,” she said (photo after 39 weeks)
“We are so used to seeing images of women with stripped waists just after having a baby.
“Personally, I felt a little nauseous and felt my soft belly in those first few days, and I even had a nightmare on the first night after birth that someone was chasing me to try to poke it.”
Ellie explained that the uterus takes six weeks to shrink back to its normal size and that, stimulated by oxytocin released during breastfeeding, you can ‘feel a dull’ menstrual pain ‘while feeding’.
“It’s fascinating to see it change every day,” she said.
“We are so used to seeing images of women with stripped waistlines just after having a baby,” she said (pictured left after four days and right one week after birth)
Although Ellie’s tummy was noticeably smaller than at the 40 week, it was still pronounced something she embraces (pictured at 29 weeks pregnant)
While Ellie’s belly is noticeably smaller than at the 40 week, it’s still pronounced, something she embraces.
She has worn postpartum compression shorts to help with her 6cm belly distance and tries to walk outside for 10 minutes every day.
Food writer fans who are mothers themselves praised her for being so open about the recovery process.
‘So cool. Don’t like the human body? It is an absolute miracle. You look great, Mommy, “said one woman.
Food writer fans who are mothers themselves praised her for being so open about the recovery process (pictured with her husband Alex and their dog Oatley after 40 weeks of pregnancy)
“This is delicious! The woman’s body is truly magical. I learned to love the marshmallow stomach after birth and all that. It is remarkable that you can grow a human, house that human, and feed that human after birth, “said another.
A third added, “Thanks for sharing! I remember four days after having a baby that I was so confused as to why I couldn’t even fit my ‘thick clothes’. Media have not prepared me for your belly to hang on for a while after giving birth ‘.
Ellie, the founder of The Wholesome Store, had her twin sister Lauren make videos of her while she was actively working to later share them on her YouTube channel.