WWE star Eve Torres gave birth a year ago and she thought that getting her body back would be no issue -- after all, she's a professional athlete.
She was wrong ... and she's ok with that.
The wrestler, who is married to mixed martial artist trainer Rener Gracie, shared her story on Instagram, specifically speaking out about feeling the pressure to tighten up, but not being able to. She also spoke about how she got to the point where she loves her post-baby body more than ever.
In sharing a selfie that shows her one week after giving birth and without her one-time super flat stomach, Eve wrote, "After watching the film #EMBRACE I felt moved to make this post. I had originally taken this photo one week after I gave birth to Raeven with the intention of putting it side by side with my future 'skinny' body after I lost all my baby weight 'in just 4 weeks!' (Like they do in the magazines)."
For Eve, though, getting her pre-baby body back was harder than it looked.
"Well 4 weeks passed. And then 4 months. And we are almost at a year, and I still haven't reached my pre-baby body, and maybe never will," she said. "And yet, I am proud of my body, and I feel healthy as ever. I realized that the only 'after' picture that matters is a happy, healthy mommy with her happy, healthy baby. I wish new moms wouldn't be burdened with the pressure to get back into pre-baby shape so quickly."
Her advice to new moms: "Exercise (when your body is ready), eat for health, love yourself & your child, and let your body do whatever it's meant to do after the amazing feat of creating a human."
The post stuck a chord with many and has received nearly 5,000 likes and well over 100 comments.
In speaking to Us Weekly, Eve said, "As someone whose profession relies heavily on physical activity, I definitely felt extra pressure to get back to my pre-baby shape. But the truth is, I don't know a mom who doesn't feel the pressure to bounce back after giving birth."
She continued, "I realized that these rapid transformations posted all over social media were the only reason why I felt I had to [lose the weight], and the reason I assumed it would be easy. Most people who are able to do this are either genetically gifted, undergo plastic surgery or have the resources to make this kind of extreme dedication to weight loss and exercise. It's time to stop to stop comparing ourselves to others, and to ask ourselves as new moms: 'What's really important?'"