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Five and a half months after welcoming her third child, Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave is getting real about her postpartum body. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast member opened about learning to “love and embrace” her body while rocking a bikini in a recent Instagram post.
In the photo posted on August 15, Teddi can be seen snapping a mirror selfie while posing in a neutral-colored two-piece and a floppy beach hat. Though the fitness buff looks happy and confident in the cute swimsuit, she hasn’t always felt that way, as she explained in a refreshingly candid caption.
“It’s easy to lose ourselves in comparison- how we perceive our bodies vs others. We too often default to self-criticism and forget about the effort we’ve put in to get to here,” she wrote. “It’s taken years of work for me to feel comfy enough to head to a beach day and only think about the good times I’ll be having with the kiddos, rather than things not fully in my control.”
Teddi concluded her powerful message by opening up about how she learned to embrace stretch marks, which she proudly showcases in a video in the second slide. "I can snap a pic feeling confident in my bikini but the reality is the stretch marks and loose skin are there,” she admitted. “I’ve learned to love and embrace them because they tell my story. So today, I am heading to the beach feeling good about myself because that’s the only way it should be.”
Tell 'em, Teddi!
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