Losing the baby weight isn’t easy for anyone—even “Bikini Body Mommy” founder Briana Christine.
The mom of four (with her fifth child on the way!) is a personal trainer whose fitness challenges have helped countless other mamas transform their bodies. But Christine, who lost 100 pounds in 2011 after the birth of her third child, wants to make something clear to the tens of thousands of women who follow her on social media: Moms are so much more than just a number on a scale.
On Thursday, Jan. 11, the pregnant workout guru posted an honest, heartfelt “PSA” to Facebook. She also shared what she’s weighed over the course of the past seven years, noting where babies were born and when she was still breastfeeding.
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The gist of Christine’s PSA? As she put it, “My goal is to honor, love, and respect my body in 2019…the same as I have done in every other season of my life since founding this amazing community!”
That community of “Bikini Body Mommy” fans seemed to really appreciate Christine’s reminder that “worth is not defined by the numbers on the scale or what size clothing I’m in.”
One mom commented she was “doing the [“Bikini Body Mommy” fitness] challenge because it makes me stronger and healthier. Even if I stay the same weight throughout, it’s worth it to be a better me, whether at 190 or 150 pounds.”
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Another commenter wrote that while she was “having a really hard time dealing with not losing the baby weight yet this time around,” she “keep(s) coming back to your page to remind myself it’s okay, and it’s really how it is for some people.”
Christine told Parents.com she “read every single comment, and there isn’t a single one that I don’t take time to digest fully.”
“It’s always terrifying to put yourself out into the world in such a vulnerable way,” said Christine. “Usually if my heart is racing when I click ‘post,’ I know I’m about to share something impactful. That happened with this specific post, and I couldn’t be more grateful.”
“The whole reason for sharing my story publicly over the last seven years has been because it has given me the ability to positively impact another women’s [lives],” she added. “The fact that this particular post resonated with so many, was no exception.”
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It can and often does take moms a year or more to lose the pregnancy weight, and that’s perfectly normal. “You need to think of pregnancy as an 18-month experience: nine months of gestation, nine months postpartum,” Eileen Behan, R.D., a dietitian in Portsmouth, N.H., who specializes in weight management for individuals and families, told Parents.com.
“This is a time when there’s a lot happening—you’re adjusting to your new life, your body is trying to replenish itself after pregnancy, you’ve gone through labor and delivery, and you may be breastfeeding,” added Behan. “It’s a lot to adjust to, so don’t beat yourself up if you’re not bouncing back as quickly as you’d like.”
Wise words to remember!
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This article originally appeared on Parents.com