The ‘Teen Mom’ stars are no stranger to body shaming, but this cast member is embracing her post-baby body with this new photoset that shows everything off.
Being a celebrity comes with a huge amount of perks, but it can also have some drawbacks that many fans and viewers may not be aware of. Among these is a large amount of physical criticism and body shaming that comes from fans, the media, and the stars themselves. Now, this Teen Mom cast member is showing strength by sharing an honest look at her post-baby body.
Many celebrities experience body-shaming from all sides, and the Teen Mom cast members are no different. Over the years, they’ve spoken out about their self acceptance efforts as well as their weight loss accomplishments, but when your life revolves around being pregnant, it’s not always easy to keep your weight down.
Lexi Tatman is one of the newest additions to the Teen Mom cast, joining with the new Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant spin-off. As one of the youngest of the cast members, Lexi struggled with some of the same problems that her Teen Mom OG and Teen Mom 2 predecessors did at her age. From an impenetrably distant baby daddy to the stigma of having a child at such a young age, it wasn’t always easy for Lexi. Still, she managed to make things work through her own personal strength and her vastly supportive family. It’s no wonder why Lexi has quickly become one of the Young and Pregnant favorites. Now, she’s peeling back a layer to share a side of motherhood that isn’t often spoken about.
On Instagram, Lexi shared several images of the way her stomach looks post-pregnancy. Although she’s still thin, she has stretch marks as the result of her baby. She opened up to fans in the caption, writing, “So. This is me. This is my body,” she wrote. “This is my [post-pregnancy] body 9 and a half months.”
“I’m about 99lbs and barely fit in size 0 and small shirts. I’m making this post because we all want to make out bodies “perfect” in our own eyes or in our partners eyes. Our bodies made little humans and that takes a lot out of us. I’m not at all trying to lose weight. I’m trying to gain it and I’d like to invite you all to witness my progress as I try and tone and build muscle ???? I have separated abs also and I’d love to try and fix my abs without getting a tummy tuck so we’ll see how that goes???? “
She finished off with “#mybody” and “#loveyourstripes.”
It’s clear that Lexi made quite the impact on her fans, as they quickly reacted with appreciation. “You are awesome. I’m glad you are not scare to share the stripes. :)” wrote @kris4805 on Instagram. User @mandysigner wrote, “Love this! You seem like such a beautiful girl inside and out.” User @ogtissy agreed, “Seriously though. Proud of you to be comfortable enough to show this. I am still not sure I could show my skin to the insta world. All the power, sister.”
Unfortunately for Lexi, there were still some fans on reddit who think that she may be humble bragging. “She’s 99 pounds and fits into a size 0 and is “embracing” her post baby body? Something about this post seems off,” wrote Needles88. User paige444 wrote, “I know this is admirable and brave and stuff but something about it rubs me the wrong way. I don’t know maybe I’m just being petty ????????♀️but something about her extremely young age and low weight makes me find this pretentious. What the h*ll is she embracing she is under 100 pounds and 19 give me a break. Why is she acting like some survivor of something.” User mellisali even theorized, “I Think she is setting the stage for some sponsorship deal. Not everyone is inspirational.”