When a celebrity appears in the media soon after she's had a new baby, you'll probably hear quite a few questions about what she's doing to "bounce back." But the answers about their body transformations might not be 100% honest. That's when the Instagram account called @takebackpostpartum steps in. It spreads body positivity, encouraging new moms to embrace their postpartum stretch marks and other pregnancy battle scars.

January Harshe is the woman behind the postpartum body project. "I said, ladies, if you want to make a change, we have to do it ourselves," the mother of six told TODAY. "There was a big response. Women said, 'Let's show what this is like'….What I've learned is that every woman struggles with pregnancy and even postpartum depression one way or another. Every woman struggles differently. I'm trying to show all the variations of normal for postpartum and motherhood."

Scroll down to meet the moms proudly showing off their postpartum bellies and battle scars in these before and after pregnancy photos!

More info: harshe.blog | Instagram

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Merilyn Horton 1 year ago

You are sooooo beautiful

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JillVille 1 year ago

I just cried for this woman. I felt that pain and hopelessness too. I am 20 years from there now, it was a struggle, my husband didn't understand at all and just got mad when I'd get irrationally emotional. Ladies, it does get better. Sometimes it just takes awhile. (((HUGS)))

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Jennifer Boatman 1 year ago

<3 this brought a tear. wonderful message and picture!

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JAIDEN HAMPTON 1 year ago

You go girl

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Hans 1 year ago

The last line is quite clever actually. Babys indeed demonstrate that you as parents are the world to them, and harvesting a little love for yourself is the least you can do!

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Ntosh 1 year ago

Wow, this is the first time to ever hear about this. This is a bit scary

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Flisey 1 year ago

No one told me how much or for how long I would bleed afterwards.

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birdhouse 1 year ago

Something about this picture that I find so beautiful!

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Joy Gould 1 year ago

6 losses, and 4 incredible successes, against the odds! What courage, what strength! What beauty, valiant soul!❤️

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ChiSoul10 1 year ago

Thank you for sharing. You are amazing!!!!

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Sharon Byrd 1 year ago

Beautiful!

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Sharon Byrd 1 year ago

Haha! You rock!

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BusLady 1 year ago

No woman needs a " perfect" body. Magazines displaying celebrity moms with perfect postpartum bodies is an insult to all of us moms.

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BusLady 1 year ago

Mom: you're leaking! Haha

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Stephanie Hutner 1 year ago

Is this what always happens to a woman's body after they have a baby? I'm honestly asking. I don't have kids yet.

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Rachael Sanman 1 year ago

I don't know what it is exactly about this photo... It is simple & elegant. She is stunning.

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Tine Tordenhjerte 1 year ago

👍👍👍

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Cathryn Cash 1 year ago

Why the hell did I have to confirm I was 18 to see this? Our world is fucked up! I can see graphic violence, updating headlines about paedophiles, ridiculously overly sexual adverts which I don't want to see, but I can't see a baby having its dinner?!

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Lucida 1 year ago

I like this text, it's honest. These bellys are not beautiful, but they are real. I'm pregnant with my first and none of my friends have got bellys looking like these after their childbirth's so I did not think it was this common and now I'm scared I will look like this. If I will look like this, I will also have trouble letting my husband touch and a look at my belly. But just as she writes in the last sentence, one should be thankful for ones mommy body.

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BusLady 1 year ago

This man is definitely a keeper! What a proud Dad!

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Emy Loves 1 year ago

That is one beautiful baby!!!!

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Tine Tordenhjerte 1 year ago

Popular by demand. 😉👍 Great photo

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BusLady 1 year ago

Right after my first child was born, I was very swollen and bloated. TBH, I still looked pregnant. I was in public, and my MIL was holding my son. A stranger asked how old he was. Then she turned to me and asked when MY baby was due. I still laugh about it to this day.

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BusLady 1 year ago

The two other children are conked out. While little (brother?) has his dinner. Such a cute picture.

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Sharon Byrd 1 year ago

Don't ever give up!

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Amina Hays 1 year ago

The uterus is the size of a small pear but when it's housed a baby it obviously gets a lot bigger to accommodate. That's quite a size difference so it'll take as long as it takes to shrink back. Everyone is different.

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BusLady 1 year ago

Having twins means having twice as much to love.

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Lucida 1 year ago

I don't get these pictures of the placenta. For me, it just looks disgusting. I know, it's natural and all that and I think the placenta is a really cool and amazing thing. I mean, we pregnant women start growing a hole new organ! How cool isn't that!? But I still don't see the point in showing it of. It's a beautiful thing that enables new life, but it's in no way beautiful to look at. I mean, pooping is also natural and it's amazing how are bodies function, but we don't want to see a picture of a women with a big shit in her lap, do we?

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BusLady 1 year ago

We have so much pressure on us from the media and the unrealistic body standards. I pray this little girl will grow up in a more accepting and enlightened world.

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BusLady 1 year ago

How funny

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BusLady 1 year ago

She's got the idea! Hands free.

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BusLady 1 year ago

What a profound statement. It helps explain postpartum depression.

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Tine Tordenhjerte 1 year ago

Respect!

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Kerri Russ 1 year ago

The Mom Body is so soft and reassuring and appears much more healthy. Both versions of you are gorgeous and that baby... beautiful! Congrats!

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BusLady 1 year ago

She looks like she's in great shape. I never got the loose skin or stretch marks. I wonder if it's bc I had cesarean deliveries?

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sh 1 year ago

I love that you can tell she brushed the toddler's hair to the side and her hand just never left... so sweet.

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Tine Tordenhjerte 1 year ago

💜

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BusLady 1 year ago

These celebrity moms are set up as an example of what we "should" look like postpartum. It disgusts me. How many of us have a nutritionist, personal trainer, a gym room in our home, and access to tummy tuck surgery? And how many of us have lots of idle time bc we are "between projects" and have a full time nanny to care for the baby?

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BusLady 1 year ago

I had I google vbac. I've heard of it, but didn't recognise the term.

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BusLady 1 year ago

Don't drop your phone in the bath! ;)

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EHops 1 year ago

I don't know what all you've been through but you've emerged stronger more powerful than anyone who's ever tried to bring you down. Love your little girl Mamma, your her world, her warroir and no one could love her as much as you💖

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BusLady 1 year ago

Great children's story.

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BusLady 1 year ago

Congrats to her for learning that she had options. Glad that everything went well.

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BusLady 1 year ago

The baby is so pink! There was anther article on BP that talked about the differences in newborn's color. It can vary. Both my children had yellow tones bc they were anemic. (bc of my 0 negative blood type)

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Tine Tordenhjerte 1 year ago

Respect! Look good! 👍👍👍

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BusLady 1 year ago

The phases of motherhood :-)

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BusLady 1 year ago

I always thought that my mother was the most beautiful woman in the world.

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BusLady 1 year ago

Amazing. I'm glad the midwife made it. Better late than never. ;-)

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BusLady 1 year ago

I could never get in that yoga pose. Great affirmations, and coming from a man. What a great guy.

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BusLady 1 year ago

You are beautiful at any size.

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BusLady 1 year ago

"I love my Mommy" Mom will treasure this photo forever.

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BusLady 1 year ago

Baby is comforted by Mom's closeness and warmth. Mom looks like she needs that nap.

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BusLady 1 year ago

It's so easy to forget to care for yourself, when you have others depending on you. The responsibility can be overwhelming.

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BusLady 1 year ago

CMEO. This is my story. Having a cesarean did make me feel like a failure.

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BusLady 1 year ago

Is it any wonder that women get stretch marks? Your body expands in so many ways, with the growth of the child.

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BusLady 1 year ago

Mesh undies are the best. I still actually have some from when I was in the hospital last.

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BusLady 1 year ago

Wonderful bonding moment

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BusLady 1 year ago

Baby is like "Mom, what are you doing?" Mom: "It's called a selfie"

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BusLady 1 year ago

Baby needs a nap (after keeping Mom up half the night!)

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BusLady 1 year ago

I understand that fear that your baby won't thrive. It's frightening.

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BusLady 1 year ago

Great B/A photo. Baby went from point A to point B.

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BusLady 1 year ago

Sounds like "A Manual for Being a Great Mom"

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BusLady 1 year ago

Real women's bodies. I love it.

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Sheila Weila 1 year ago

Your scar is better than mine. :-/

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BusLady 1 year ago

I got this big. My baby was 9.5. My back hurts just looking at this before pic.

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BusLady 1 year ago

It would be sad for a little girl to grow up in a household where she frequently hears negative things about how a woman's body changes after childbirth.

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BusLady 1 year ago

Lovely photo. That is one happy baby.

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BusLady 1 year ago

That's why the tummy is there. Now we know.

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BusLady 1 year ago

Sorry to hear it didn't work out as planned. But the end results are what counts.

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BusLady 1 year ago

I can see the exhaustion in her eyes.

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BusLady 1 year ago

A handy little shelf for baby to rest on. Lol

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BusLady 1 year ago

It shows in her smile.

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BusLady 1 year ago

Enjoy these days. They will past before you know it.

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BusLady 1 year ago

"Babies ruin your body." Yeah, if you are that vain, don't have children. Terrible advice.

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BusLady 1 year ago

Only 1 day old! And so tiny.

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BusLady 1 year ago

Great ink

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BusLady 1 year ago

I understand the guilt about not being able to breastfeed. Not all Moms are able to.

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