Lara Quigaman, mother of two, saluted her fellow moms on her May 10 post on Instagram.

Sharing an unedited photo of her post-baby body and highlighting the stretchmarks around on her tummy, the former Miss International underlined how much motherhood changes a woman.


In her post, she began, "When I had children, it wasn't just my body that changed, my whole life did.

"Most of the time I am exhausted, I am tired, sometimes I cry (parang ngayon, parang tanga, umiiyak habang nagtatype)

"There are times when I feel like I can't do it anymore... I look in the mirror and I see messy hair, walang ligo, my tummy covered in stretchmarks so deep you can play 'sungka', skin so loose, you can probably make a bag out of it, my breastswell you my fellow moms know what these two looks like now..."

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Lara went on to share that when she looks at two sons, Noah and Tobias, all these changes become worth it.


"I look at my sons and they look back, one smiles back and the older one tells me 'your tummy is so squishy mom, i love it'... and even though I feel insecure about my body, I am not going to complain.

"Kung ang kapalit naman ng lahat ng sakripisyong ito eh ang mga ngiti ng mga anak ko, okay na okay na ako. I will be grateful to God everyday for the gifts He has entrusted to me."

The celebrity mom lauded all fellow moms.


"To mommies, nanays, mamas reading thisit may be hard right now, but it's all worth it and know that soon, our babies will grow up and we will miss their littleness, their hypernessness and the noises and messes they make and our bodies will remind us that we once carried them and nurtured them.

"You are Strong, You are Amazing, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. You may feel unappreciated but God sees you, knows you and what you're going through and He loves you. Smile na, He's got us."


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