Actress Aja Naomi King is reminding moms everywhere of the beauty and strength of their postpartum bodies.
The 36-year-old How to Get Away with Murder star recently welcomed a baby boy with partner Dan King. Earlier this week, she posted a celebration of her post-baby body to her Instagram account.
“No, this is not a pregnancy Before picture. This is the After. After days of labor. After experiencing what felt like my insides being ripped apart, no lie. After experiencing the unimaginable beauty of childbirth, this is what is left behind. This Gorgeous Body!” she wrote in the caption. “So in celebration of myself and my body for ‘Doing the Damn Thing,’ I wanted to share this photo. No make up, no editing, no filters (and you know I love a filter!)…Just Me…a woman in awe of her Body and her Baby!”
King announced her pregnancy in March, sharing that she had previously suffered two miscarriages. “I really can’t begin to express the fullness of our immense joy to be welcoming a baby into our family. With that I also want to express that this beautiful journey has not been devoid of heartbreak. This is my beautiful little rainbow baby,” she wrote in an Instagram post at the time. “I won’t lie, it’s been hard to not carry my fear with me throughout this pregnancy. To believe that it’s real and that this baby will be okay. That this beautiful gift will remain. But I try to not ignore the facts, and the facts are that I am healthy and my baby is healthy, my baby is growing and now kicking and constantly reminding me of their very real presence within me. I really just want to say that if you’ve gone through this or are going through this, you don’t have to carry the weight of it alone.”