Reality TV star and former model Kendra Wilkinson, for Mother’s Day, shared an honest selfie about the rigors of childbirth.
Wilkinson, 30, has had two children and posted a selfie with her stomach. “Look what my 2 babies did … They made me happy. #happymothersday,” she wrote on Instagram.
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Fans applauded her move, sharing it tens of thousands of times.
“Thank you for sharing this!” one person wrote. “Just proves famous people have human bodies, too.”
Experts say her condition is exceptionally common.
“I see this all the time,” New York City dermatologist, Doris Day told SELF magazine. “It’s so, so common but we don’t really talk about it.”
Experts have said that a woman should gain between 25 and 35 pounds when pregnant, according to WebMD.
“It’s not a bad idea to not only try to stay within that range but to also gain slowly and steadily, as opposed to in fast spurts,” says Mary Lupo, MD, with the Tulane University School of Medicine.
She said the rate at which a woman gains weight could contribute to stomach stretch marks.
The site says: “If you have them, you’re in good company. About 90% of women will get them sometime after their sixth or seventh month of pregnancy, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.”