Iskra Lawrence shows the world the reality of being two weeks postpartum! She is no stranger to sharing details about her body confidence. The model and advocate rose to fame modeling for Aerie, a brand committed to showcasing beautifully real bodies. Fortunately, she is willing to get real about her body, her confidence, and the realities of the beauty industry whether she is on camera or off. She took to Instagram earlier this week to give a reminder of how important it is to be real, even in motherhood.
Lawrence announced the birth of her first child with Philip Payne in April of this year. She posted frequent photos throughout her entire pregnancy, showcasing her growing body during her journey. The message has always been given loud and clear: all bodies, no matter how they grow, are beautiful! After baby “A.M.P.” joined the family, she took a brief break from posting on her profile.
Her newest Instagram post compared her body at 9 months pregnant versus 2-weeks postpartum. While she may look a little more exhausted (and rightfully so!) in the former, she is glowing in both. Her caption details all the messiness of having a newborn, from limiting her shampooing to hormonal acne. While it may not be a glamorous time in her life, Lawrence is dedicated to reminding mothers and women everywhere how strong and beautiful our bodies are!
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I’m prefacing this post by saying I could not be happier or more grateful and I’m highly aware that I’m super lucky to be able to conceive naturally and that myself and baby are healthy. But I really want to share all the realness of my journey since becoming a momma because these two weeks have felt like the most challenging of my life. I never imagined how much my wonderful tiny human struggling with colic would affect me and all of the postpartum changes. I felt so much more prepared for pregnancy and even though I had great advice and read up on newborns, NOTHING could have gotten me ready emotional and mentally to see the love of our lives screaming, bright red, whole body tense and seemingly in discomfort for hours a day and not getting enough sleep. Even though you’ve catered to all their needs (breast feeding, changing diapers and all the love, cuddles and attention you can give) I must have ordered every product that says it can soothe colicky babies (I feel so privileged to be able to afford that luxury) as well as the most patient incredible daddy @philipapayne who I can’t put into words because I’ll cry but is the best team mate I could have dreamt of. Posted these side by side because this is my current reality.. maybe 1 shampoo a week, still living in my adult diapers (because yes you bleed for weeks after birth) sleep deprivation, leaky nips + hormonal acne. I’ve managed 3 workouts because I needed it mentally and physically but I’ve barely managed to respond to any work emails and I’ve let down friends who have wanted to FaceTime and meet our baby and I can barely look at my phone most of the time or text back. When I have posted insta stories it’s when I have some energy or feel able too so that kinda feeds into the highlight reel of social media – where nothing is what it seems and if I only posted smiley perfect pictures that would not be real. Baby A.M.P is our dream come true and we know it’s going to get easier with time. I hope by sharing my struggles and being vulnerable some of you going through it feel less alone and know it’s ok to not be ok. Also any colic advice PLEASE SHARE!!! Love you all thanks for listening🙏❤️
If you haven’t already, you need to follow this body-positive babe!