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Why Sophie Cachia is focused on healing her post-birth body, not "snapping back."

Mamamia logo Mamamia 17/02/2017 Kahla Preston

Just over a month ago, Sophie Cachia — a.k.a. popular blogger The Young Mummy — welcomed her second child into the world.

Tonight, she’s posted a full-length photo of herself in colourful activewear on Instagram. Before you say anything, this isn’t one of those ‘Oh look, I just had a baby and my body’s snapped right back!’ posts you sometimes find on social media.

Far from it, in fact.

In her caption, Sophie explains why her primary focus is repairing her body in the wake of little Florence Betty Margaret Cachia’s birth.

Holding everything together with @activetruth leggings👊🏻I'm not going to try to pretend to be one of those girls that 'snaps back'. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Some women's bodies do in fact magically fling back post-birth and lucky them! Others work really hard to get their body back and yet never really get there. I - and I can only speak for myself - believe in FIXING my body first and foremost before worrying about my weight. My little tummy is sticking around, and guess what? I'm only four weeks postpartum, therefore so it bloody should be! I had a severe case of abdominal separation, a vagina on the verge of prolapsing, and torn upper abdominal muscles. Let's just say my body is a little broken at the moment. So my focus is on healing & repairing before diving straight into exercise because that ain't going to do nobody any good. Weight-schmeight. Take care of yourself ladies! I'm taking all the pelvic & tummy support I can 👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻 [p.s i even wore these over my belly when I was pregnant for support ✔️]

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“I – and I can only speak for myself – believe in FIXING my body first and foremost before worrying about my weight,” she writes.

“My little tummy is sticking around, and guess what? I’m only four weeks postpartum, therefore so it bloody should be!”

Right on.

The mum of two — she also has a son, Bobby — goes on to explain her body is a little “broken” right now.

“I had a severe case of abdominal separation, a vagina on the verge of prolapsing, and torn upper abdominal muscles,” she writes. (Ouch.)

“So my focus is on healing & repairing before diving straight into exercise because that ain’t going to do nobody any good. Weight-schmeight.”

In a world where celebrity "post-baby transformations" serve as reliable fodder to sell tabloid magazines, and where mothers feel pressured to shed their pregnancy weight the moment baby evacuates the womb, Sophie's message is one we don't hear enough.

In her own words: take care of yourselves, ladies.

Your body's just done an incredible thing, so love yourself for that.

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