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Fitness Influencer Shares Her Struggle with Body Acceptance Post-Baby

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Revie Jane Schulz
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Revie Jane Schulz documented her fit pregnancy on her Instagram page, and when it came time to share photos of her post-baby body, the Australian fitness influencer decided to be honest with her 138k followers.

Schulz, 25, readily admitted that embracing her “mum bod” has been a process.

“I like to be honest with my followers so that they know everybody has their demons and they are not alone,” she tells PEOPLE.

“From speaking to my other mummy friends, so many of them felt the same or went through similar emotions post birth,” she continues. “Many said that they felt isolated and didn’t want to seem ‘vain’ when speaking about their bodies with a negative demeanor. It is so common to go through body image struggles post baby; the more we speak about it, the less alone women will feel and I think that is really important.”

This photo makes me realize 2 things- {1} the female body is seriously amazeballs and {2} Damn! I got some good wear out of these togs 😂👌🏽These 3 photographs taken at 21 weeks, 37 weeks and baby girl Lexington is 5 months old. I STILL cant believe I grew a human, the sweetest little human I could have ever dreamed up- Baked for 41 weeks and 3 days right there in my belly. 👶🏽 I remember just after having Lex I still looked about 6 months pregnant 😳 it was such a shock. Despite trying to convince myself that it will go back down, inside I believed my tummy would stay that way forever. It took a good 3 months for my pouch to start shrinking again. But it does shrink back down, I promise. In hindsight, yes, a bit of patience would have come in handy 😂 but that has never been my strong suit. For a trip down memory lane, 👉🏽 #reviejanesbump

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Schulz says that looking back, she had “unrealistic” expectations about what her postpartum body would look like.

“I don’t know what I was expecting,” she says. “Initially, I kept redirecting my focus to my precious newborn, but there comes a time where you must address these body issues. It was difficult to admit that I was struggling with body acceptance post baby, for many reasons, but especially because you don’t want to seem ungrateful.”

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The new mom has been embracing her changed figure through positive affirmations.

“Every day when I would look in the mirror, I would say something kind about my body instead of something negative,” says Schulz. “I changed my focus and perspective of my body from how it looked to what it created. I am a breastfeeding mama also, so after I shifted my thought process I found pride and empowerment in my body. I find a lot of self respect through physical exercise and that has really helped me mentally through these struggles.”

Honestly, how could I go past this set from @bondsaus 🙌🏽 It's matching, it’s active wear and it’s PINK floral print. I mean, come on- Had our names all over it. // When it came to taking a little happy snap, I was pretty keen to post a photo that had my back to the camera or Lexi covering my belly. Why? I guess I’m still adjusting to my body and I'm just not used to it looking this way. But I figured, stuff that! I'm so proud of my body and what it has made, what it has carried for 41 weeks and 3 days. What it is capable of today and what it will be capable of in the future. Sure I could have posted a more flattering photo, covering my stretch marks and stretched skin but I thought of Lexi looking back at photos when she's a young woman. And in no way would I want her to see me hiding my body or doing anything but standing proud for what it has done. I want her to know that you can have goals and work hard for them but that embracing the present and being okay with where you’re at, even though its not where you want to be, is so important. Sure this will seem silly to some, but this is MY experience. Always on the journey of self-love and if it helps you, I'm happy to share my journey. If not, pretty simple, keep scrolling 😊👍🏽 Hell, I’ll probably post a way more flattering photo (who doesnt like tuning in on their inner Elle) but for now this is me, here I am and I’m one proud new Mama. #MumBod #LoveTheSkinYoureIn #bodyimage #selflove #bonds

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Schulz says sharing her journey with her followers has been fulfilling.

“By sharing my own personal struggles, it has helped women internationally cope with their own battles,” she says. “I feel united with women from New York, Dubai and Ireland, and receive heartwarming messages from them daily. I love sharing empowering messages with women.”