Mother of two Anupa King used to hate looking at herself in photos, even if she was smiling alongside her beautiful children.
But now, King has turned a new leaf — and she hopes other moms will too.
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Earlier this week, King said that she wanted to share a few life lessons that she’s learned throughout motherhood, and how they’ve helped her develop a sense of self-acceptance.
King shared an adorable portrait of her family and wrote to her Instagram followers:
My first thought when I first saw this image was gosh our love shines, how so very beautiful my boys are… Followed by tears. But you see… That’s the new me, the mom in me. The old me would have immediately thought… omg how big is my mouth, that I would have never ever thought of sharing this, today I share this with you cause it’s the most joyous image of us.
It’s how I want to remember mothering these two boys of mine…. All the fun and happy times we share. I’ve come to learn a few very important things in this motherhood journey of mine and I want to share them with you.
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My first thought when I first saw this image was gosh our love shines, how so very beautiful my boys are… Followed by tears. But you see… That's the new me, the mom in me. The old me would have immediately thought… omg how big is my mouth, that I would have never ever thought of sharing this, today I share this with you cause it's the most joyous image of us. It's how I want to remember mothering these two boys of mine…. All the fun and happy times we share. I've come to learn a few very important things in this motherhood journey of mine and I want to share them with you. ?When someone tells you that you're beautiful, believe them. They aren't lying ?For every woman unhappy with her stretch marks is another woman who wishes she had them. ?Everyone has rolls when they bend over ?You should definitely have more confidence. And if you saw yourself the way others see you, you would. ?It's okay to not love every part of your body….but you should. ?We all have that one friend who seems to have it all together. That woman with the seemingly perfect life. Well, you might be that woman to someone else. ?You should be a priority. Not an option, a last resort, or a backup plan. … And most importantly… ?You're a woman. That alone makes you pretty damn remarkable. ? Now, it's your turn, tell me something that you hold dear to you after becoming a mama. I can't wait to hear you, but be warned I may save for my own notes. ☺️ . ? @wildeyed . #ig_motherhood #moc_092
King continued on, listing a few important tips that moms should always remember when they’re feeling down about themselves.
Many of the tips on the list had to do with loving your body. One read:
For every woman unhappy with her stretch marks is another woman who wishes she had them.
Others had to do with prioritizing yourself, even if you’re busy as a mom. King said:
You should be a priority. Not an option, a last resort, or a backup plan.
… And most importantly… You’re a woman. That alone makes you pretty damn remarkable.
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SHAME Shame is all I felt when I first saw the top image here… It was taken 4 months post partum and all my thoughts were "how do I still look pregnant?" I was angry, I hated myself for not bouncing back, I wanted so badly to sit in a corner and cry until the shame went away… Hence the reason I never posted this image… Well until now. LOVE Love is what wished I felt when I first saw this. The love for my body and all that's it's done and continues to do for me and my little humans ACCEPTANCE Acceptance for my new body, and how much it changed. All I wanted was to feel like myself again, somewhat normal. PATIENCE I wish I was more patient with my healing, and give my mind and body all the time possible to recover. TIME I'm not going to lie I was counting down to the days of when I would stop exclusively pumping all of Levi's food so that I could cut back calories and follow a more strick workout schedule… And trust me the guilt of that now is so real. JOY JOY… Most of all joy… I wish I had stop and notice the joy in my boys faces. I now so badly want to relive all the moments I missed while I was fighting PPD. Fast forward 10 months after the first image, today, I realise now how hard I've been on myself. The day I stopped pumping all of Levi's food was the day I made the decision to focus on me, to love me. I wish I had done that sooner but that's ok, cause my children will always come first, but for me to be the best me, to be the happy me they want to see everyday I had to work on me. Emotional, mentally and physically… And I'm so proud to say I'm here. I'm finally here… I now look back at all the captures I've taken with my postpartum body and I wish I had shared them all with you, cause it shows how far I've come, how determined I was and still am to fight through all my emotions to make me better… Make me happy! Yesterday @goodmorningamerica shared my motherhood journey through an article/video and the outpour of love and support that's been flooding in has been unreal. I thank you all so very much for your continued support and kindness and for following along this beautiful life of ours. I've linked article it in my bio. ?
King’s post seemed to touch the hearts of many moms, who realized they may have been lack the self-confidence the mom promotes.
Many commenters called King “encouraging” and thanked her for the strong message.
Since posting this week, King’s Instagram post has received over 3,000 likes. And hopefully, helped some moms along the way.