WWE wrestler's before-and-after photo honoring her baby’s birthday is insanely impressive

Elise Solé
Yahoo Lifestyle
(Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images)
(Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images)

WWE wrestler Trish Stratus is honoring her baby’s first birthday — and her recent comeback — with a killer before-and-after photo.

On Tuesday, the now retired married mother of two posted the image on Instagram, which showed her wearing a pair of black underwear and a blue-and-gold embroidered robe. “If you had told me I would be celebrating my daughter’s first year birth month by kicking ass in a @wwe ring, I would have probably said ‘get the F out of here’,” she wrote.

The 42-year-old added, “But I did. At 12 months postpartum, 12 years post retirement and 7 years since I’ve competed in a ring and since birthed 2 children — I did it…. I came. I fought. I stratusfied. Because I am woman.”

In the post, Stratus gave a shout-out to her trainer, who helped her get back into shape post-baby, and to the all-women’s Royal Rumble match in January, which she participated in as one of seven moms among the 30 participants.

If you had told me I would be celebrating my daughters first year birth month by kicking ass in a @wwe ring, I would have probably said 'get the F out of here'. But I did. – At 12 months postpartum, 12 years post retirement and 7 years since I've competed in a ring and since birthed 2 children – I did it…. I came. I fought. I stratusfied. – Because…. _______I AM WOMAN ✨__________________________ – And can we talk about the 7 of the 30 women in the ring at the FIRST EVER ALL WOMEN Royal Rumble that are MOTHERS?? – Just because I had a baby, doesn't mean I have to stop doing me. In fact, I am a stronger, wiser, more bad assy version of me, because trust me, birthing and babies do that to a woman! – So let's take a minute to shout out to the mama's out there who are doing it, to the soon to be mama's – get ready to be a better, stronger version of you! To @themickiejames @thebethphoenix @guerrero_vickie @saronasnukawwe @mimicalacool @thebriebella who showed us baby bumps to wrestling bumps is a thing – This awesome photo was captured by world renowned fitness photographer @dave_laus. Dave is basically the king of fitness photography, he’s used to shooting the top fitness people in the world, so for him to have captured such a tender (and round!) moment, blew me away and I am forever grateful for his artistic eye. When we shot this in 2017, I was about ready to pop and I said ‘hey we should totally shoot this in 1 year but with my abs back’. I kind of said it jokingly because after two babies, I wasn’t sure they would be back. Cue Dave’s wifey @nichellelaus … she is what they call a transformation specialist (and multiple fitness cover girl, kick boxer, mom of 4, and a bad ass!). And she said in a very serious tone “whenever you are ready, let me know. I will train you. Let’s do it!”. Thx Nich, for helping me find me – and my abs again!! – Thx to @milayudinadesign for this gorgeous styling (this cloak is from her personal collection, how awesome is it??). Hair & makeup by my girl @byvalerianova of @twochicksandsomelipstick. Shout out to @hairbystavro24 who convinced me to go full blond. And thx to @amanda__lifts for this nifty side by side edit!

A post shared by Trish Stratus (@trishstratuscom) on Mar 27, 2018 at 8:25am PDT


“Just because I had a baby, doesn’t mean I have to stop doing me,” wrote Stratus. “In fact, I am a stronger, wiser, more bad assy version of me, because trust me, birthing and babies do that to a woman! So let’s take a minute to shout out to the mama’s out there who are doing it, to the soon to be mama’s — get ready to be a better, stronger version of you!”

Accompanying the 87,000 likes were comments that Stratus was “inspiring” and “impressive.”

Stratus, who did not return Yahoo Lifestyle’s request for comment, was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013 — the same day she announced her first pregnancy with her now 4-year-old son, Maximus. “I just wanted to let you all know that in September, I’ll be delivering a little Stratusfaction,” she told the crowd. 

Her second child, a daughter named Madison-Patricia, was born on Jan. 14, 2017.

Since retiring, the Canada native launched a second career running a yoga studio called Stratusphere, and won a handful of business awards.

Impressive, both in and out of the ring.


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