Jessie James Decker on Sharing Postpartum Pics: I Wanted to Show What a ‘Real Body Looks Like’
Jessie James Decker is keeping it real.
The singer-songwriter has always been open with her fans on social media — especially when it comes to motherhood.
From posting breastfeeding pics with her newborn son Eric Thomas Decker II to sharing her postpartum pooch on Instagram, the “Lights Down Low” crooner has regularly offered an unedited lens into the world of stretch marks and c-section scars from her point of view.
“I am so glad that I was able to show mommies what a real body looks like after baby,” James Decker, 27, tells PEOPLE exclusively of her decision to post candid shots on social media. “I have my scar and pooch, and 90 percent of the time I look a mess!”
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While we’re not entirely sold on the latter (she’s a contouring queen, after all!), the star, who is teaming up with Babiators to launch exclusive Aviator sunglasses, continues to raise awareness of the societal pressure facing new moms.
“Women are too hard on themselves to be perfect,” says the singer, who is also mom to 18-month-old Vivianne Rose. “I think it’s more endearing to just be real. I also think it’s important for women to support each other.”
I appreciate all of the sweet comments about how tiny I look after baby! But I don't want to mislead any mommy's who just had babies and are stressing! I gained 55 pounds with my daughter and only 27 this time! I gained so much with her because I threw up every day for five months and of course was starving after so I would shove anything in my mouth to make that hunger feeling go away. This time I ate very normal and would take occasional walks. I am still 15 pounds away from what I was originally before I got pregnant with Vivianne. I take occasional walks but haven't done anything yet to try and lose weight and am in no rush! Nursing mamas should def not try and do any severe diets or milk supply will run low! My tummy is still swollen and you can see my c-section scar and pooch! I had another due to my 9lb baby and petite frame. So no rushing and no stressing about losing weight! Wanted to make sure y'all saw what my tummy looks like under the tank top and blazer…I do wear a belly waist train thingy a few hours here n there which helps c section mamas and swelling to go down. I am so glad we all can support each other. Being a mommy is so rewarding but hard work so we need to stick together and help each other out. I'm not perfect but I do my best. That's what it's all about. So never be hard on yourself. I'm going to try and do more posts like this. So feel free to ask anything below and will try and incorporate it in another mommy post! ❤️y'all
“I don’t want to mislead any [mommies] who just had babies and are stressing,” James Decker’s photo caption read. “Wanted to make sure y’all saw what my tummy looks like under the tank top and blazer.”
The singer’s new holiday single, “This Christmas,” is available Friday.
— Grace Gavilanes