Olympic Hopeful Gets Real Sharing Post-Baby Belly Photos
Steph Rothstein Bruce is a champion runner, elite athlete, olympic hopeful, and mother of two who is keeping it real by posting training photos featuring her post-baby belly, stretch marks and all.
Bruce shared a number of photos recently to her Instagram account featuring her belly. Many of the photos feature her running or training in her typical running attire, shorts or spandex bottom with a sports bra. She’s not hiding her ‘imperfections’ and is definitely not afraid to throw it all out there.
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! #trackseason #timetofly #flystyle
4,055 Likes, 487 Comments – Stephanie Rothstein Bruce (@stephrothstein) on Instagram: “When I look down I see stretch marks that are here to stay, ab muscles that need continued…”
Currently about 6-months post-partum, Bruce’s abs separated during her pregnancies, resulting in a common condition called diastasis recti. By sharing these photos she’s showing that every woman’s body ‘bounces’ back differently after having children – and that even Olympic hopefuls have a hard time ‘getting their bodies back.’
“#keepinitreal doing side planks. The strength and stability is coming back steadily but the appearance of abs and stretch marks remains the same. The not so glamorous part of getting strong post baby. #takeitinside #journeywithsteph #diastasisrecti“
The elite runner embraces the fact that her body is strong (having just completed a 15k in 51:13 which works out to be a 5:29 pace!), and she’s proud of what her body has accomplished as a mom. Not only did she have her two children within 15 months of each other, she indicated in the photo below that she actually took second place in the National Championship after pumping prior to the race.
Is there anything this woman can’t do?!
“Today was a day where I got 2nd in my first National Championship after having my kids. 51:13 15k on a muggy morning. (5:29 pace) I felt like I won my own race. Coming back from pregnancy has been extremely humbling, embarrassing at times, but extremely rewarding. Not many women I raced today were pumping breast milk pre race. But it can be done. I hope more pro runner ladies don’t wait for their careers to end to have babies. I hope runner mamas everywhere find belief and stength and humor in their post baby comeback. I hope men runners aren’t weirded or grossed out by the realities of a mom runner. Because the mom strength and power is real ya’ll.#roadtorio #6monthspostpartum#journeywithsteph #timetofly #oiselleteam“
Mom strength and power is definitely real!
Best of luck in your Olympic quest!