Alexa Jean Brown (aka @Alexajeanfitness) is an Instagram star with nearly 2 million followers. She runs her own fitness guide company, married a total hunk, and has a 3-year-old so cute you just want to squeeze something:
Plus, she has exceptionally nice hair:
Alexa recently got pregnant with her second child, working out until the very end of her pregnancy when she gave birth to one of the world's most adorable little nuggets:
Now she and her husband, Troy Hunt, appear to have a picture-perfect family:
But that doesn't mean everything IRL is as flawless as it seems - and not just because parenting a toddler and a newborn leaves very little time for sleep. Four weeks after giving birth, Alexa posted two selfies revealing her belly with a telling caption about what's really going down behind her social media facade:
"As much as it's my job to motivate you, I also believe it's my job to be relatable and honest," Alexa wrote in her caption. "Our society has put this idea in our heads that women have to bounce right back after having a baby, but that's typically just not realistic... I have more stretch marks and belly rolls and that's perfectly NORMAL and OKAY."
She goes on to explain that during her pregnancy, she came across post featuring a woman who appeared to recover her flat tummy a day after giving birth. "I instantly felt the pressure to measure up," Alexa wrote. The day after she gave birth, though, her body didn't exactly snap back: Instead of a taught tummy, she was left with a "squishy, droopy flub," just like after giving birth to her first baby. "As bummed as I was that I didn't just bounce right back to my pre-baby body, I can't help but feel so amazed that this body created two beautiful babies," she wrote.
While Alexa's average post tends to rack up between 30,000 and 50,000 likes, her postpartum post already has 101K likes and counting, probably because people can't help but connect when seemingly perfect people get truly honest.
Still, this isn't the first time Alexa has opened up about her insecurities. "I have a constant need for approval. I care way too much about what people think. I was bullied in middle school. I've been divorced. I had a child before I was married. I have a phobia of germs. I overthink this parenting thing way too much," she once wrote in an Instagram post. It just goes to show Instagram stars are Normals, too - even when their lives appear to be filtered AF.
But the biggest takeaway from Alexa's postpartum reality check is this: It's stupid to compare your body to others'. After all, as Alexa wrote in her post: "Our bodies are incredible and amazing and we need to love every inch of [them]."
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