Kate Upton has slammed the societal pressures placed on women to "snap back" after giving birth.
The model, who welcomed daughter Genevieve with her husband Justin Verlander in November 2018, recently discussed new motherhood in an interview with Editorialist and admitted that "breastfeeding was sucking the energy away" from her at one point.
But taking to Instagram on Wednesday, Kate uploaded a throwback snap of herself breastfeeding her baby, and in the accompanying caption, clarified the context of her comments.
"When asked about getting back in shape after pregnancy I discussed the major pressures that are out there for new moms to 'snap back' right after having a baby. Every woman experiences this due to the unnecessary and unrealistic expectations that are brought into every household, mostly via social media. I certainly felt these pressures, as all women do," she wrote. "I tried to push myself early to get back to the gym, eat perfectly and try to achieve this alleged 'snap back'. But, after realising how ridiculous these pressures are, I quickly gave myself some slack and lived in the moment as a new mother. Every woman needs to give their body time to heal and to soak in those early, precious moments."
Kate went on to explain that while juggling parenting along with lack of sleep and hormone changes, she quickly learned to brush off the "extremely unnecessary" weight loss pressures.
And going forward, the star would advise mums to try and avoid being swayed by others' views.
"Every mother's experience is different with every baby. I've learned everyone's journey is extremely personal and no two are the same. My energy was drained but my heart was extremely full, and I decided to not let others' opinions and expectations get in the way of my own personal timeline. In my opinion, enjoy the moments with your new baby and growing family, allow your body time to heal and make sure to go at your own pace," the 27-year-old added.
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