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  • Coleen Garcia Shares Unfiltered Photos Of Her Stretch Marks: 'I Accept My Body More'

    The actress revealed that she hasn't made any efforts to get rid of them.
    by Steph Sison for Preview.ph .
Coleen Garcia Shares Unfiltered Photos Of Her Stretch Marks: 'I Accept My Body More'
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  • Coleen Garcia is known to be a fitness junkie and an "abspiration." In fact, two months after giving birth, the first-time mom showed her abs already!

    Coleen shared with Preview.ph that her motivations for getting fit have now changed after giving birth to Amari.

    "I just want to do what I can to keep both my baby and myself as healthy as possible, and a better physique just the fruit of that!"

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    Coleen has also been open on social media about her post-pregnancy bod. In between snapshots of Amari and glimpses of home life, Coleen shares mirror selfies of her physical progress.

    Along with these unfiltered photos are affirmations that she accepts and loves her new body.

    "I may not be as fit, and I will never be as young, as I used to be. I’m able to point out even more of my flaws now, but I’ve never appreciated myself as much as I do today. I’m at my most beautiful, not because I look it, but because I finally feel it," she wrote in an IG post.

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    In her most recent Instagram post, Coleen celebrated her stretch marks from her first pregnancy. The actress shared her baby bump from a year ago, proudly showing off her stylish outfits and stretch marks. 

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    Coleen's throwback photos were met with loving comments from her friends and family. "My goodness the journey! You are an unbelievable mom! Strong and amazingly beautiful inside and out," her husband Billy Crawford wrote.

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    In the comments section, one netizen asked Coleen, "Pano nawala yung stretch marks mo?"

    The actress revealed she hasn't made any efforts to get rid of them. "They’re still here! The color just faded, but they’re still kinda sunken. [smile] You can really only see them up close or in harsh lighting. Haven’t done anything to treat them," Coleen said.

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    Coleen talks more about her postpartum body in a YouTube video where she says she's a lot kinder to herself when it comes to her physique.

    "I know I'm not as ripped as I was but I'm just really happy and I accept my body more than I ever have....Of course I still have body goals but I'm so much kinder to myself now."

    She highlighted her stretch marks actually don't bother her at all. "I didn't think I'll care so little about them. Maybe because from the start, I anticipated already and accepted that na it's inevitable," she said.

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    But what's more touching is how Coleen discovered — and appreciates — her body's journey.

    "Giving birth to our son really opened my eyes and made me see my body for what it truly is: a vessel. It's the home of my mind, my heart, my soul, and my son...As much as I appreciate my body for what it can do, I also love it for what it has brought into my life.

    "So much has changed physically but not once have I even thought of feeling any resentment towards my body. The respect I have for it now is so much deeper...Beauty has a new meaning to me now," Coleen continued.

    At the end of the day, Coleen reminds us, "We are more than what we see in the mirror...Our bodies are designed to serve a purpose far beyond ourselves, and that’s the kind of beautiful you’ll never be able to physically see in your own reflection."

    Coleen also advises other moms like her to "quit trying to prove yourself to other people and to yourself because honestly it's not healthy motivation."

    "Embrace it for what it is and accept that you can't always change things or be in control. Whether it's your body, your baby, your parenting—you may not be the best and you know what, you don't have to be."

    You go, Coleen!

    This story originally appeared on Preview.ph.

    *Minor edits have been made by the SmartParenting.com.ph editors.

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