Tia Mowry has a message about self-love.
Earlier this week, the 43-year-old actress shared a photo of herself during her pregnancy with daughter Cairo, 3, followed by photos of her showing off her now flat stomach in her athletic outfit. She took the caption to talk about the importance of body positivity.
“Pregnancy was such a special time in my life and I loved it and my belly! I also loved my pre-pregnancy body,” she wrote. “We were led to believe that we should love one over the other. But it was important for me to be super proud of BOTH bodies instead of feeling pressured to be a part of the snapback culture. think instead we can look at our bodies and love them and acknowledge them because they keep us alive and keep our babies alive! !) feed on good things, instead of buying into the snapback culture.’
Fans praised the star for speaking out against the ‘snapback’ trend that is prevalent on social media.
“Our bodies are made to carry little people. Be kind to yourself – you’re beautiful no matter your height,” wrote one fan.
“Yes. I love how you took the time to get back in shape. It wasn’t a rush, and it shouldn’t be. Our society has become so superficial. I prefer to focus on healing and nurturing rushing my baby I got super thin to brag that I looked back,” said one user.
“One of the many things I love about you and your sister is that you both taught me to love myself after the birth of a baby and to be kind to myself and my body. So many people talk about it fact that they are snatched again once the baby comes out and that was the least of your worries, thank you so much for showing us it’s okay to just be a mom,” one commenter added.
This is far from the first time that Mowry, who also shares son Cree (10) with husband Cory Hardrict, has spoken about love for her body. During an interview with Yahoo Life in June, the former Sister, sister actress opened up about her struggles with body image after her pregnancy with Cairo.
“So when I saw my tummy wasn’t flat after I had a baby and I wasn’t at the beach in a bikini and said, ‘Yeah, I just had a baby!’ I literally thought there was something wrong with me I mean it very seriously I went to my gynecologist and I said, “Why isn’t my stomach going down? Like, what’s wrong with me?” And then she basically said to me, “Tia, it takes a minute for your uterus to shrink.” And I’m like, ‘What? Why don’t people share this? Why don’t people share the authentic aftermath of what happens when we give birth?'” she recalls.
Mowry noted that while there was nothing wrong with women snapbacking faster than others, she felt it was important to show the beauty of women whose bodies take a little longer to return to normal.
“I wanted to be an example to the other women you didn’t necessarily see being celebrated or glorified in the press or just on social media,” she said. “So I did it because I want to see some change, and the feedback was definitely positive and inspiring.”