New mum shares reality of her post-baby body in step-by-step photos over a month

AS we're sure all mums will agree, the weeks and months after giving birth go by in a blur – and it can take even longer until your body feels like it's YOURS again.

One person who knows a little something about this is mum-of-three Samantha McSwain – who has shared a series of powerful images of her postpartum body.

It’s been a little over month since I gave birth and I wanted to give you guys an update on my belly. It’s not all the way down yet, but I’m still continuing to do my Transverse Abdominis exercises which has helped a lot after I gave birth. It’s all about strengthening the inner core muscles💪🏾 . . #postpartum #postpartumbelly #onemonthpostpartum #afterbabybody #postbabybody #postbaby #postpartumjourney

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Earlier this year, Samantha, from Hawaii, welcomed her third child and decided to document how her body returned to "normal".

Sharing a mirror selfie from the day she gave birth, the mum wrote: "The journey back to my pre-pregnancy weight sure won't be easy but I'm taking it one day at a time. So here I am, day 1 postpartum, in my mesh underwear.

"I still don’t understand how some women can look their best even after delivery. Not me, I just want to eat, sleep, and breastfeed."

Four days later, Samantha's bump had shrunk considerably and had almost disappeared one month after giving birth.

The journey back to my pre-pregnancy weight sure won’t be easy, but I’m taking it one day at a time. So here I am, day 1 postpartum, in my mesh underwear🤪 I still don’t understand how some women can look their best even after delivery. Not me, I just want to eat, sleep, and breastfeed😅 . . . #postpartum #afterdelivery #momof3 #flashbackfriday #postpartummoms #postpartumbody

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Sharing the photos with her 140,000 Instagram followers, she added: "It’s been a little over month since I gave birth and I wanted to give you guys an update on my belly.

"It’s not all the way down yet, but I’m still continuing to do my Transverse Abdominis exercises which has helped a lot after I gave birth. It’s all about strengthening the inner core muscles."

In an interview with CafeMom, Samantha said: "I wanted to take the picture because I wanted to remember that exact moment of how I felt and looked right after giving birth.

"I wanted to send the message to others that this is what is NORMAL after birth compared to what other people show that is 'perfect' images of their bodies

Oh the joys of pregnancy!🙃 It’s amazing how are bodies change to carry life. Each pregnancy I’ve learned to not expect the same outcome. Each of my pregnancies I carried and felt differently. I thought maybe I’ll carry the same as my first and that it would be easy as my first, but nope I was wrong. Even though my last two pregnancies were a little tough, I wouldn’t change a thing💜 . . . #grateful #pregancy #pregnant_world #pregnancydiary #pregnantandfit #pregnantandperfect #39weekspregnant#thirdtrimester

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"Surprisingly, there were a lot of women that didn't know that this is actually what happens to a woman's body after giving birth. They expected a flat stomach and no stretch marks or stretchy skin."

What's more, the mum-of-three has also taken photos of her bumps at 39 weeks to prove how different each pregnancy is.

While her bump was small at round with her first baby, Samantha's second was considerably larger while the third was lower.

She wrote: "Each pregnancy I’ve learned to not expect the same outcome. Each of my pregnancies I carried and felt differently. I thought maybe I’ll carry the same as my first and that it would be easy as my first, but nope I was wrong."

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