Jessie James Decker on Sharing Postpartum Pics: I Wanted to Show What a ‘Real Body Looks Like’

Nov 14, 2015 at 9:13 am |
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Jessie James Decker is all about keeping motherhood and the change of her body real.

The singer-songwriter has always been open with her fans on social media — especially when it comes to motherhood.

Sharing her postpartum pooch on Instagram, the “Lights Down Low” mom has regularly offered a clear 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!”

  “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 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.”

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

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The singer’s new holiday single, “This Christmas,” is available Friday.

Jessie James Decker is all about keeping motherhood and the change of her body real. The singer-songwriter has always been open with her fans on social media — especially when it comes to motherhood. Sharing her postpartum pooch on Instagram, the “Lights Down Low” mom has regularly offered a clear lens into the world of stretch marks […]