Fitness trainer Anna Victoria was inundated with messages after she shared unfiltered photos of her 13-week postpartum belly on Instagram.
“The number of women who replied…. and said these pictures made them cry is astonishing,” Victoria wrote on an Instagram post on Wednesday. “They said they never see ‘influencers’ being real about their postpartum bodies and instead, they just see those who have bounced back.”
For that reason, Victoria decided to permanently add the images to her feed.
“So you can revisit this on a day when you might need it,” she explained. “Read through the comments of all the women saying ‘me too’ so you know you’re not alone but most importantly… that your postpartum body is nothing to be ashamed of.”
In a follow-up story, Victoria revealed that her current weight is 145 pounds and noted that she is "in no hurry" to get back to her pre-pregnancy weight of 135 pounds.
For now, she is focusing on strength, endurance and breastfeeding her little one.
The Fit Body Guides creator and her husband, Luca Ferretti, welcomed their first child, a daughter named Aurora, in August. Aurora's birth came after a two-year infertility struggle that Victoria detailed in an essay for TODAY.
“Fertile Myrtle,’ is the term I grew up hearing whenever I would tell people that I’m one of seven children,” Victoria recalled. “Your mom had a seven babies, all naturally? You’re going to have no problem ‘popping’ them out.”
Every month, Victoria would feel pregnancy symptoms. But then her period would start. At the 12-month mark, she was diagnosed with unexplained infertility, which means doctors couldn’t find a medical reason to explain why they hadn’t conceived.
Victoria attempted several rounds of intrauterine insemination, where sperm is injected directly into the uterus, but after multiple failures she and Ferretti began looking at in vitro fertilization (IVF).
In January, 2020, Victoria announced that she was pregnant.
Yesterday, Victoria admitted that she’s already thinking about baby No. 2.
“We plan to do IVF again since we have 5 remaining embryos on ice,” she wrote on Instagram. “Funny enough, I’m really hoping to not get pregnant naturally since we have those embryos waiting for us.”