Parenting and motherhood can be hard work - especially when some people are keen to share all of their unfiltered opinions.
That's why this honest and powerful message from Laura Mazz is going viral online at the moment. In the post, Laura talks openly about the pressures of being a mum - in particular being told 'she's let herself go'.
"I was told recently that I had let myself go. I’ve gained some weight, my eyebrows are shaggy, got a couple of chin hairs. And so it goes, I’ve let myself go." she wrote in her candid Facebook post.
"It’s just like after I, and many other women, put on weight during pregnancy, don’t 'bounce back' we are labelled as letting ourselves go."
"As a woman, we are not meant to show ourselves in any other state other than perfect. No one is meant to know that getting dressed up, applying make up, fixing your wrinkles, exercising, lip filler, getting your nails done, shaving your legs - all of that is work. When we do that, we appear normal. When we don’t, we’ve let ourself go."
"You don’t have to wear the most flattering outfit to be considered beautiful. You don’t have to dye your greys to be considered smart. If you want to wear something that feels comfortable, why not wear something that feels comfortable?"
"Mothers don’t let themselves go, however they let a lot of things go. Like sleep, time to themselves, their own self! Having some extra weight and bushy eyebrows is not a crime and I won’t apologise for it. My body is not an apology. I don’t owe anyone 'health' either."
"So yeah I’ve let a lot of things go... But me? letting myself go?
No I’m just embracing it and letting myself be."
"So wear the sweatpants, the yoga pants and the trackies and let yourself go! Let yourself go of all society’s expectations. Your beauty is defined IN you. In whatever state you chose to be."
You can read the full post in its entirety over on Laura's Facebook page.