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'Bachelor' alum Bekah Martinez embraces postpartum body, says she's 'truly lucky'
The 24-year-old 'Bachelor' favorite has been vocal about the realities of postpartum ever since giving birth to her daughter earlier this month.
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The pressure to snap back after a pregnancy is all too real, and Bekah Martinez is not here for it.
"The Bachelor" favorite took to social media to send a message about praising women who get their pre-baby bodies back. Martinez posted a photo of herself breastfeeding her new daughter and said that there are far better things about having a child than getting your body back.
"Let’s stop saying moms are 'lucky' to get their pre-baby bods back," the new mom wrote. "'Lucky' is getting the opportunity to carry a child within you. 'Lucky' is having a healthy baby.
"'Lucky' is watching your body change after bringing new life into the world, not squeezing into your old high-waisted jeans a week after giving birth," continued Martinez. "I am truly lucky."
Martinez gave birth to her first child with boyfriend Grayston Leonard on Feb. 2 and has been vocal about the realities of postpartum ever since.
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Let’s stop saying moms are “lucky” to get their pre-baby bods back. . “Lucky” is getting the opportunity to carry a child within you. . “Lucky” is having a healthy baby. . “Lucky” is watching your body change after bringing new life into the world, not squeezing into your old high-waisted jeans a week after giving birth. My face is swollen, I’m wearing a diaper, and my belly hangs over my sweats. I am truly lucky.
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Just four days after welcoming her newborn, Ruthie Ray, the 24-year-old posted a photo to her Instagram stories wearing an adult diaper and exposing her postpartum belly.
"So amazing what we can do," the new mom captioned the photo. "I’ve never felt so much respect and love for my body, diaper and all." She hashtagged the post #ThisIsPostPartum.
Martinez first announced her pregnancy in September 2018 with a six-minute video. She revealed that was the reason she didn't appear on "Bachelor in Paradise."
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