A mother-of-four who shared a photograph of the stretchmarks on her stomach says she has received negative comments from trolls.
Doreen Ching, 23, from the Johor province of Malaysia, says that she shared the image of social media after finally accepting that her body would never return to how it looked before she gave birth.
The candid photo, which shows deep stretch marks on Ching’s stomach, has so far had more than 12,000 shares and 23,000 likes.
Doreen Ching, 23, decided to post an image of her stretchmarks after ‘coming to terms’ with how her body looks after giving birth to four children
The photograph that Doreen posted online; while 23,000 have liked the image, the Malaysian mother has also been the subject of abusive messages calling her body ‘disgusting’
While many have heralded the young mother for being honest about how pregnancy has affected her body, she’s also faced hurtful comments, with some suggesting the marks were her own fault for having so many children.
In the social media post, Ching recalls her fourth pregnancy, and how friends around her said her perfect physique would be ‘ruined’ as a result.
She write: ‘Only 21 at the time, I wondered how I would be able to accept my stomach looking like this for the rest of my life.’
She adds: ‘The first thing I did after leaving the delivery room was to look at my stomach and cry.’
In the emotional post, the Malaysian said ‘no amount of surgery or money’ would be able to fix her stomach.
She also tagged her husband, Toh Yang Ming, in, declaring: ‘Give me back my stomach!’
Her photo, captioned in Mandarin, generated an incredible outpour of support from Chinese speakers in Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan.
Both women and men called her ‘brave’ and ‘beautiful’ for sharing the snap – but she had her fair share of criticism as well.
‘Many told me I looked ugly and disgusting, and that they wanted to vomit,’
The Malaysian mother-of-four says that the first thing she looked at when she gave birth for the fourth time was her stomach
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Doreen even tagged her husband, Toh Yang Ming, pictured above, into her honest post, asking: ‘Give me back my stomach!’
Doreen wrote in a follow-up post, adding: ‘Some men said it was all the women’s fault for wanting to have so many kids.’
‘Please respect the women of this world, such as your mother and your wife, who manage childbirth and still work,’ she said.
‘Can you do that?’ she asked in the post.
The confident Doreen even shared an old snap of her in her bikini, which she took after her fourth child was born.
‘My stomach doesn’t matter. I can still wear a bikini at home. I can only be as perfect as I can be,’ she wrote.