A fitness professional and body-positivity advocate becomes an inspiration to many by embracing her postpartum body and C-section scars, despite facing backlash for sharing her journey on social media.
For years, Kylee Austin has been a champion of body positivity, striving to help her clients as fitness professional to achieve the physique they desire. Living by her own teachings, Austin dedicated herself to an intense workout routine and even participated in bikini competitions, enjoying some victories. However, when she became pregnant with twins, her body underwent a significant transformation, which sparked a backlash from some followers when she chose to showcase her postpartum body online.
Arizona-based Austin had already given birth to her son, Tristan, before conceiving twins. It was the twins, though, who drastically altered her body after pregnancy. At 38 weeks, doctors induced labor, but the twins were in a breech position. Although Austin had prepared herself for a vaginal birth, the induction was unsuccessful. Exhausted after 24 hours of labor and with her babies’ health at risk, she had no choice but to undergo an unexpected C-section.
Austin, who had always been in control of her body, felt terrified and helpless for the first time in her life. Thankfully, her twins Kayden and Keegan were born without complications. Recovery from the C-section, however, proved to be difficult, as her once-toned physique now had a softer appearance, adorned with stretch marks.
Determined to stay true to her body-positive values, Austin chose to share her postpartum journey on Instagram, proudly displaying her unedited stomach in hopes of motivating other moms to reclaim their bodies through exercise. While many followers supported Austin’s message of self-acceptance, some critics launched attacks and hateful comments, particularly on her “twin-bump” photos.
Despite the negativity, Kylee Austin opened up to Barcroft TV about embracing her post-baby body and C-section scars. Thousands of viewers have since tuned in, leaving hundreds of supportive comments on YouTube.
Among the encouraging words, one viewer wrote, “Embrace your natural, true self. You are all beautiful.” Another commented, “She’s still very fit and trim. It’s just a little skin. Nothing to be ashamed about!! Be proud you carried those twins full term!!” Others praised her courage and beauty, while some suggested the option of plastic surgery if she ever decided to take that route.
Austin’s story is a testament to the power of self-acceptance and body positivity, inspiring others to embrace their own unique journeys and transformations.
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