Fitness guru Kayla Itsines announced the birth of her baby girl, Arna Leia, in April. Eight weeks later, she’s being slammed for her “comeback” post-pregnancy workout photos.

Earlier this week, the 27-year-old influencer caught heat for promoting unrealistic postpartum goals when Itsines shared a photo of herself looking lean and cradling her washboard stomach.

She wrote in the caption:

Having been cleared for LIGHT workouts for over a week now (by my doctor and physiotherapist), I’m starting to really feel like myself again and not just in a physical sense.

The blogger continued:

I am so motivated right now because for me, fitness is my self care, my time out and my PASSION. Being able to share my passion with YOU, the #BBGCommunity is helping me to get out of bed every morning (not forgetting my incredible family)!! #comeback

Needless to say, some women took offense to the update and accused Itsines of posting “irresponsible and arrogant” postpartum photos after giving birth two months ago.

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?Welcome to the world – ⁣⁣ Arna Leia Pearce ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ? I just stared into Tobis eyes the whole time during delivery, nervously whispering “please let her be healthy, please be okay, please be okay” and Tobi kept repeating “I love you so much – she’s going to be healthy it’s okay just breathe it’s okay”. We both were crying.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ In that second, we heard her cry for the first time, the doctors and nurses examined her quickly, bought her over to us and said “she is absolutely perfect”. My doctor said “Look at that hair and those cheeks! Amazing!”⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I don’t even know how to describe how I felt in that moment. I looked over at Tobi who looked like the proudest Dad I’ve ever seen, with tears running down his face he gave me a kiss on the forehead and whispered “She’s so perfect, I love you”.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ She is perfect indeed! From the start, she knew exactly who we were and was instantly calm. Tobi went into ‘Dad mode’ straight away. From someone who made jokes the whole 9 months about not being able to change a diaper … to now not wanting to let ANYONE change her because he wants to help – has made me love him even MORE. Tobi wraps her up and cuddles her and she goes straight to sleep ? She’s a happy quiet bubba who LOVES her big greek family?⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ As for me, I ended up having a cesarean, as recommended by the doctor. I was a little bit sore, but after a couple of days I was generally fine, just no lifting other than Arna. Now, I just need to rest, eat good food, drink lots of water and I’ll be okay!⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I feel so BLESSED right now. I AM blessed to have Tobi and my family be there every day. I am so thankful to have the most amazing doctor and midwives ever to help me. This experience has been amazing for me and I am proud to say that??.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣Thank you everyone for being SO amazing!! We are so in love and happy. Holding her for the first time in our arms was truly the best day of our life? @tobi_pearce

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Someone wrote:

Is this really your postpartum tummy? If so, good for you. If not, please stop this and be real with your followers.

Another commenter said:

These kind of pictures are exactly the kind that makes women hate their bodies. Most of women can never get your body because of genetics, no matter how much dieting or exercise they do. Having perfect abs a couple of weeks after baby is also extremely rare.

While someone else wrote:

Honestly with an account following of nearly 12mil really wished you would of posted a more raw and honest journey of your post pregnancy experience. Very disappointing and you’re just adding to the unnecessary pressure from social media for new mums to look like yourself in just a few weeks after birth. V disappointing …

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MY FIRST POST BIRTH RECOVERY PHOTO!!! (last photo before giving birth vs one week after birth). If I am honest, it is with great trepidation that I share with you this very personal image. Every woman's journey through life but especially pregnancy, birth and healing post-birth is unique. While each journey has a common thread that connects us as women, our personal experience, our relationship with ourselves and our body will always be our own. For me, regardless of how my body healed post-birth, I felt it was really important for me personally to embrace, appreciate and celebrate my body the same way that I tell all the women in this community to celebrate their body. For me right now, I celebrate my body for all it has been through and the absolute joy it has brought into my life with Arna. As a personal trainer, all I can hope for you ladies is that you feel encouraged to do the same regardless of whether you have just given birth or not, celebrate your body and the gift that it is. No matter what journey you have been on with your body, the ways in which it heals, supports, strengthens and adapts to take us through life is truly incredible. www.kaylaitsines.com/app

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Last month, the first-time mother shared before-and-after photos from her pregnancy.

She admitted to feeling vulnerable after giving birth and said every woman’s post-birth journey is unique.

Many praised the influencer for inspiring moms to stay fit.

Itsines has not commented on the photos since the Instagram posts.

About the author

Tiffani is a writer for Dearly. She is from New York City. Prior to working for Dearly she covered fashion news and managed social media for various digital media outlets.

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