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I showed what a real postpartum body looks like — after the troll body shamed me


A young mum who showed off her post-baby figure has been praised for calling out cruel body shamers.

Earlier this week, Mia Somerville shared a candid look at the harsh realities of becoming a mother in a powerful viral video which now has over two million views.

In the video, the 24-year-old from Canberra explained that she had always been very positive and confident about herself, and before giving birth she assumed her stomach would “bounce”.

But after giving birth to baby girl Pippa in September 2022, Mia said it took her a while to regain her confidence and get used to the changes her body has undergone.

Mia Somerville

Mia Somerville says she’s always been body positive.


Mia Somerville

Mia Somerville posted a TikTok showing off her postpartum belly.


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Mia Somerville

Mia Somerville says she loves her baby ‘more than anything’.


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lifting her shirt, mom showed what her postpartum stomach looked like at 40 weeks and 6 days.

Due to the natural stretching that occurs during pregnancy, Mia has loose skin on her belly and her belly button looks different than before.

“I love my little girl more than anything and I wouldn’t change being a mum for the world,” she told news.com.au.

“However, this does not negate the fact that becoming a mother means that you go through some huge changes in your life, both mentally and physically.

“I was always very positive and confident in myself. But seeing how different I looked after Pippa took some getting used to.

“I’m not sure exactly what my intention was in making the video, but I thought well I don’t see that kind of body anywhere.

“We are not exposed to real bodies in the mainstream media. All the celebrities and influencers you see seem to bounce back days after giving birth.

“Tammy Hembrow was in her gym gear literally the day after having her third child.

“I’m still young and I’ve always been pretty skinny. So I just assumed that I would bounce back and look exactly the same.

“So having loose skin and stretch marks on my stomach was definitely not what I expected.”

After posting the clip on her TikTok account, Mia was flooded with thousands of comments from people all over the world.

While most were supportive, some brutally shamed the mo

m’s body, saying they would “hate” to look like her.

Many people also stated that after watching Mia’s video, they decided they would “never have children”.

“TikTok is the app where I think people feel free to be as rude as they want,” she told the haters.

“It doesn’t bother me, but it’s sad because I know others

ms are in a similar situation and will read these nasty messages and feel bad about themselves.

“So many people said they didn’t want to look like me, or that it was ‘horrible’ or ‘fat’.

“The saddest ones were the ones who said things like, ‘I’m never having kids now.’

“To think we live in a world where people would rather give up the incredible journey of becoming a parent just because of how they look is really depressing.

“It’s also just offensive. It basically says that a woman’s only purpose in life is to look attractive and perfect.”

In an epic video response, the mom said the harsh comments were not okay.

“I just answered and said, ‘I don’t actually look horrible,'” she said.

“Other than a bit of loose skin and stretch marks, I personally think I look great.

“I’m three and a half months postpartum and I feel amazing.

“People can be so awful online, but I don’t let it bother me.”

Despite this, Mia was overwhelmed by the amount of love and support she received.

Many mothers agreed that they felt isolated and shocked after giving birth when they saw their new bodies and thought they were not normal.

“It meant everything to me when others said my video helped them feel seen and validated,” Mia said.

“We’re all in this together. At the end of the day, you get a beautiful kid out of it.

“If people are going to say negative things about your body, then they haven’t been through what we’ve been through.

“It’s incredibly empowering to raise a child for nine months and go through the birth.

“We need to focus on what our body has done for us and what it will do, rather than how it looks to everyone else.”