A South Carolina mother attracted significant online attention this past week after she posted a photo showing her "flabby belly" to encourage other women to embrace their post-pregnancy bodies.
Kimberly Henderson, a mother of four and singer, said she is always complimented for her body, but "struggled" in the past because of stretch marks from giving birth to four children.
"Everyone always compliments me on how I have such a 'perfect' body after 4 kids," she wrote on Facebook. "I decided to upload this pic and leave my belly 'unedited' 'unphotoshopped' because I used to struggle with accepting my body after kids."
"I used to have a six pack before my babies," Henderson explained. "And now even though I work out I know its not going to make my loose skin tight.. Or my stretch marks disappear ever lol and I'm ok with that because everyday I get to wake up to 4 beautiful smiling faces and I'm reminded that they are worth this flabby belly and they are worth these stretch marks."
[sharequote align="center"]"[W]e ARE moms...and in my opinion that is sexier than any 6 pack!"[/sharequote]
She concluded, "I still wear a bikini because being a mother makes me feel beautiful.. Not having a flat tummy. It took a long time to get there.. Because I struggled so much with my body. I struggled so much because I was young and all these girls my age had perfect bodies and I was in my one piece bathing suit trying to hide all my flaws. And I'm not trying to say I have it worse than anyone else or bad or anything like that just reminding you guys.. That your body is beautiful... BECAUSE we ARE moms and we ARE superheroes and we freakin ROCK and in my opinion that is sexier than any 6 pack!"
Henderson's post has since gone viral, amassing more than 115,000 likes on Facebook, in addition to more than 11,000 shares.
This is not the first time a mother has attracted attention online for posting a photo showing stretch marks. In March, a bikini photo of a mom of three went viral after she posted it online to encourage other women to embrace their post-pregnancy bodies.
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