Steph Claire Smith is tearing up social media after taking aim at postpartum comeback culture.
A fitness influencer has divided the internet after speaking out about postpartum comeback culture and the comments she received after giving birth to her baby boy.
Steph Claire Smith was joined by Kic co-founder Laura Henshaw. Wednesdays Podcast hosted by Sophie Habboo and Melissa Tattam while staying in the UK.
During the podcast, the former model addressed the comments she received after she and her husband welcomed their son Harvey back in May 2021.
“People tell me, ‘It doesn’t even look like you’re having a baby,’ but it’s so damaging how often we hear that,” Smith said.
“What’s wrong with looking like a mother?”
The 29-year-old admitted that throughout her pregnancy, she had cravings for the comfort foods she loved as a child, and that they were “just carbs.”
“I was good at it, I just went with the flow. “I think I know how to be in that field thanks to everything we have experienced and learned,” said Smith, reflecting on the period she lived as a model in which her body was constantly criticized and commented on.
“But for someone who is truly confident and happy with my lifestyle choices, rest is essential, especially during the postpartum period. Your body just went through a marathon.
The model-turned-fitness influencer said she knows it can be difficult for some people who live very active lifestyles, but admitted her love for her body has grown since giving birth to her son.
Social media users were divided over Smith’s comments during the podcast, with some flocking to the comments to express their disappointment.
One of them said: “Oh my God, we can’t say anything anymore, not even compliments.”
“A mother is not defined by her appearance. “You’ll weigh a little more after pregnancy, but that’s not the look a mom describes either,” another shared.
Another added: “I love this so much it’s so important to hear!”
“Yep, this is exactly how I feel postpartum,” one person wrote in response to Smith’s podcast clip on Instagram.
“Ugh, can we say something without you getting offended? [sic]someone said.
Smith later clarified his stance in the comments, saying: “I want to be clear, I did not take this as an offense, although I’m sorry we took it as a compliment.”