Tia Mowry takes aim at ‘snapback' pressure on moms: ‘We can allow our bodies to just BE'
Tia Mowry has a message about self-love.
Earlier this week, the 43-year-old actress shared a photo of herself during her pregnancy with daughter Cairo, 3, followed by photos of her showing off her now-flat tummy in her athletic gear. She took to the caption to talk about the importance of body positivity.
"Pregnancy was such a special time in my life and I loved it and my bump! I also loved my body before pregnancy," she wrote. "We’re led to believe we should love one over the other. But it was important for me to be super proud of BOTH bodies instead of feeling pressured to be a part of the snapback culture. I think instead we can look at our bodies and love and acknowledge them for keeping us alive and keeping our babies alive! Mamas, we can allow our bodies to just BE while we nourish them (and our little ones!) with good things, instead of buying into the snapback culture."
Fans praised the star for speaking out against the "snapback" trend that is prevalent on social media.
"Our bodies was made for carrying tiny humans. Be kind to yourselves - you are beautiful regardless of your size," a fan wrote.
"Yes. I love how you took your time getting back in shape. It wasn’t a rush, and it shouldn’t be. Our society has become so superficial. I’d rather focus on healing and nourishing my baby than to rush getting super thin just to brag that I snapped back," a user said.
"One of many things I love about you and your sister is that you both taught me to love myself after having a baby and to be kind to myself and my body. So many talk about getting back to being snatched as soon as the baby pops out and that was the least of your concerns thank you so much for Showing us that it’s OK to just be a mom," a commenter added.
This is far from the first time that Mowry, who also shares son Cree, 10, with husband Cory Hardrict, has talked about loving her body. During an interview with Yahoo Life in June, the former Sister, Sister actress opened up about her struggle with body image following her pregnancy with Cairo.
"So when I saw that my belly wasn't flat after having a baby and I was not on the beach in a bikini saying, 'Yeah, I just had a baby!' I literally thought something was wrong with me. I'm very serious. I went to my gynecologist and I said, 'Why isn't my stomach going down? Like, what's wrong with me?' And then she actually told me, 'Tia, it takes a minute for your uterus to shrink.' And I'm like, 'What? Why is it that people aren't sharing this? Why is it that people aren't sharing the authentic aftermath of what happens when we give birth?'" she recalled.
Mowry noted that though there was nothing wrong with women who are able to snapback quicker than others, she felt it was important to show the beauty in women whose bodies take a bit longer to get back to normal.
"I wanted be an example for the other women that you necessarily didn't see being celebrated or glorified in the press or just social media," she said. "So I did it because I want to see some change, and the feedback has definitely been positive and inspiring."