New mothers can face a lot of pressure to lose the weight they gained during pregnancy — as if caring for a newborn wasn't stressful enough already. Celebrity moms have the added scrutiny of tabloids tracking the progress of their so-called "post-baby bodies."
For Anne Hathaway, who gave birth to her first child earlier this year, a changing body is nothing to feel ashamed of. She shared this positive message on Instagram Monday night, alongside a photo of a pair of jeans cut into shorts.
"There is no shame in gaining weight during pregnancy (or ever)," the actress wrote. "There is no shame if it takes longer than you think it will to lose the weight (if you want to lose it at all)."
She even shared a personal anecdote to demonstrate her point. In reference to the accompanying photo, Hathaway explained, "There is no shame in finally breaking down and making your own jean shorts because last summer's are just too dang short for this summer's thighs."
She went on to express this simple but powerful message: "Bodies change. Bodies grow. Bodies shrink. It's all love (don't let anyone tell you otherwise)."
Hathaway closed her caption with a "Peace xx," and added the hashtags #noshame and #lovewhatyouhavebeengiven.