Mum Blogger Defends Her Mumbod Pic

Mum Blogger Defends Her Mumbod Pic
1 August 2016

An Australian mummy blogger has lashed out at Facebook for removing a photograph of her posing in her underwear whilst holding her daughter.

Constance Hall wrote about her post-baby body in a blog post which subsequently went viral, but Facebook later removed the accompanying image.

She reacted with this message:

"Facebook deleted the photo of my glorious curvaceous comfy body the other night. In an act that can only be described as #mumbod envy.
Don't worry admin, one day you will have a comfy #mumbod too."

I know some of you are 'over' mumbod talk - you're well enough acquainted with your own saggy skin and stretch marks to really not feel the need to check out snaps of anyone else's post-baby body, but I've got to say that I loved this pic and totally applaud Constance for sharing it.

And yes, I wish Facebook had seen fit to leave it be.


Because snaps like this one, which show a real mum's body in all its glory, actually do make me hate myself a little less. Whenever I'm faced with a warts-and-all image of motherhood as depicted in this magnificent selfie, I'm somehow better able to face my own flaws and imperfections in the mirror.

I'm not naturally one of those mums who revels in her stretch-marks, wearing them with pride and claiming them as badges of honour for having borne her babies. I'm not that mum. I'm the one who always wears an extra layer even when it's too hot to justify doing so because I prefer to feel like my jelly-belly is encased in a little more armour than is probably strictly necessary.

I'm the mum who avoids the swimming pool unless absolutely necessary, and at the same time hates herself for putting her own body hangups ahead of her kids' capacity to enjoy frolicking around together in the water without a care in the world.

I'm the one who even hides under a towel in a wetsuit on the beach instead of striding purposefully into the surf beside my kids when they're gearing up to ride some waves. I'm worrying less about reading the water and more about who might be laughing at the sight of me encased head to toe in unforgiving neoprene.

You might look at me and think I'm not in terrible shape but that's not the point here. What you think of my post-baby body doesn't bother me, it's how it makes me feel that matters, and the bottom line is that pictures like the one which Facebook removed genuinely make me feel better about myself, so I'm grateful every time someone posts one. Every day they do, I stand a little straighter, smile a little wider and walk a little taller.

But we'd love to hear your view. Do candid post-baby body photos make you feel better about yourself, or are you in support of Facebook's decision to remove the image? Share your thoughts by leaving us a comment below, or join the conversation over on the Playpennies Facebook page.


  • Kel F.

    All the crap that I've reported and they delete this! *bangs head on the wall*

  • Sammie I.

    wtf?! ive reported a video that had boobs out in it and that didnt get removed, yet they remove something like this which doesnt even violate fb rules?? seriously!

  • Sophie J.

    Someone on my feed shared a video of someone being beheaded the other day... that wasn't removed?! Fb is ridiculous

  • Rachel C.

    They remove that but won't remove pictures of dead children! Ridiculous!

  • Claudia D.

    So explain to me what's so offensive about it? I only see a mum with her little one!

  • Leona J.

    Yet they don't remove porn and young girls with barely any clothes on who are targets for pedophiles

  • Cheryl F.

    We should all take a pic of our #mumbod

  • Catherine B.

    Rather see REAL mums like her (and she's gorgeous) than fake ones like Karsdashites. :joy:

  • Shauna H.

    Constance is amazing!! She speak honestly and openly and doesn't care what anyone thinks about that! Us Queens stick together!!

  • Laura L.

    What about the countless barely dressed, teapot posing night out photos taken in the loos? You can see more boob and tummy in most of those FFS. Not saying either should be removed but the motives behind the saddos that report images like these are highly questionable!

  • Suzie S.

    Why? On what basis has it been removed? How bizarre

  • Claire M.

    It's ridiculous. I love Con's posts, and I see nothing wrong with her mumbod pic!!!

  • Maria D.

    So many of us hide away our mum bods good on her.

  • Karen G.

    What a beautiful photograph.

  • Hayley V.

    We should all bombard facebook with our mumbod pics!

  • Kelly-Marie S.

    She's fab she cheers me up many a time x

  • Elizabeth S.

    are they going to block all the pics of people on the beach with bikinis as well

  • Katie T.

    The thing is, although it really p***es me off, I'm an adult. I understand that social media holds up ridiculous double standards about what is and isn't acceptable. I know that everyone edits their instagram, multiple shots and filters is a way of life. And although teenagers are possibly way more savvy using these things, probably better at taking a selfie and editing it too, they don't have the emotional maturity to deal with the constant bombardment of what constitutes a good image and how they 'should' present their lives. We are heading into the second generation of peole that have unrealistic ideas of how they, and their lives, should look. People ask why children, teenagers and even people in there 20's and 30's have such a sense of entitlement, when all they see is other people's 'perfect' lives? That is the real problem.

  • Gemma L.

    Ehm...Why was it removed? It's no more revealing than a bikini top?

  • Gemma L.

    I've reported similar and they don't seem to care. It's ridiculous. That and the crazy advertising I've seen on here too.

  • Becky B.

    Surely it's the same as wearing swim wear! Facebook you need to get a grip. This woman was doing it for the right reason nothing else. Honestly.

  • Vicki B.

    How so? It's not sexualised - so nope

  • Spanglish03

    i dont do Facebook but I am with all of you that can only see the natural beauty of a bond of closeness that you rarely see other than that of a mum and her children.  This reminds me of a lioness and her cub, there's a fierce look of love and protectiveness. Yes, you only have to look at the magazines in the supermarket,  adverts on the television or worse still music channels and it's borderline porn! 

    Its appalling that this beautiful photo has been removed, beauty is in the eye of the beholder x

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