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This Professional Runner Shares Post-Baby Body To Inspire Moms

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  •  April 13, 2016


Stephanie Rothstein Bruce is a 32-year-old professional runner and mom of two. On her Instagram account, she regularly shares pictures of her post-pregnancy body showing stretch marks and sagging skin inspiring other mothers that they are not alone.

She has pictures of diastasis recti — abdominal muscle separation caused by pregnancy. And though some may not like seeing it, others find it too inspiring to love their bodies.

She’s been sharing updates of her training using the hashtag #JourneyWithSteph, and she was recently featured in Self magazine for her inspiring and honest portrayal of what it’s like to get back in shape after childbirth.

During the magazine interview, she said, “Going through pregnancy and childbirth was very humbling and I felt that not many women … shared the real and raw part of it. I can run 5:20 pace for a half marathon, but I still pee my pants, have diatstisis recti, stretch marks, and other postpartum issues. When I look down I see stretch marks that are here to stay, ab muscles that need continued strengthening, legs that are powerful, and feet that are ready to fly!”

She told Today, “Whether you’re 105 pounds or 200 pounds, I encourage women to not be afraid of flaunting whatever body you have. I don’t think I’m this super inspirational person. I just keep it real and I want to share with women that they’re not alone.”

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