KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KTVU) - When new mom Lexi Sinclair wore a bikini during a trip to the pool with her four month old, she did not expect to hear a complete stranger advise her that a one-piece suit would have been more "appropriate" for a mother, especially one who's just had a baby.
The Kansas City mother described the encounter on social media.
In a Facebook post, Sinclair writes that "a woman (maybe mid 50s)" approached her and made small talk about her infant, asking questions about him including his age and how he sleeps.
"She then proceeded to tell me that the men at the pool would feel more comfortable if I was in a one-piece swim suit because a bikini isn't appropriate for a mother, especially one who's 'still recovering,'" writes Sinclair.
The new mom says that she responded to the woman by smiling, kissing her baby and then said this: "I'm proud of my body. In just one year I've gained 50 pounds, and lost 37. I've grown a human and given birth to a beautiful miracle. My body provided food for my child. So, no, my body might not be the best sight for other men to see. My stretch marks and tummy pudge might not be sexy. But they're proof that I've done something amazing, and I have a man that loves me and finds me even sexier and more beautiful now."
Dozens of people have responded to her post, many offering supportive comments.
One woman writes, "Well put Lexi, everyone needs to realize what women go through to have a child [and] what a beautiful thing it is before, during and after."
Another person commented by saying, "I can't understand why people think it's ok to say those things and not feel bad if they hurt anyone's feelings! Women should be able to feel comfortable in whatever swimsuit style they want and those people should just mind their own business. Good for you for saying what you did."
Since Sinclair wrote about the encounter last Tuesday, her story has gone viral. As of Monday, it's been shared more than 23,000 times.