Bristol Palin, 30, reveals she had a tummy tuck, shares scars with body positive message

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Bristol Palin took time this week to get real with her 571,000 followers about the importance of loving their bodies and owning their imperfections.

On Tuesday, the Teen Mom: OG and Dancing With the Stars alum showed off her fit stomach in a short video on Instagram. While at first glance her tight abs were on full display, the mom of three zoomed in closer to reveal a scar from a tummy tuck surgery she had in 2018.

"Let's get reeeel for a sec," Palin, the daughter of 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, wrote in the video. "I post what I want y'all to see. From decent angles and not from insecurities/scars (visible or not)."

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"Here's something I don’t share," she continued, pulling down her shorts to reveal a scar along her hipbone. "The scar from the tummy tuck I had years ago."

"'Comparison can be the thief of all joy' — don’t let this place have you comparing your own worth and stealing your joy," she wrote, before posting an excerpt of the Bible verse Psalm 143:8.

The post drew a response from her famous mom, who wrote, "Haha I love you!!!" as well as from supportive followers with similar stories.

"I wish more women would be honest about what they have gone through to 'have the look,'" one person wrote. "So many are grinding and don’t understand what they continue to compare themselves to was a different kind of work! Thanks for keeping it real!"

"Thank you so much for being vulnerable and showing this side of you," another added. "I always thought you had a perfect body and spent hours at the gym, drinking teas and starving yourself. It made looking like you feel impossible to accomplish. You have no idea how this has helped me for the better!"

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According to E! News, Palin shared that the procedure was done by Corpus Christi, Texas-based surgeon, Dr. Rose, who she describes as "incredible."

"I don't regret it," the Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far author reportedly said in a now-expired Instagram Story. "But recovery was, (without a doubt) the worst pain of my entire life."

In 2018, Palin finalized her divorce from Dakota Meyer, the father of her daughters Sailor, 5, and Atlee, 3. She also shares a son Tripp, 12, with ex Levi Johnston, from whom she split in 2009. In December 2019, the reality star split from her former college footballer ex, Janson Moore, after less than two months of dating.

From the looks of her recent social media posts, Palin has been enjoying spending time with her children while continuing to elevate her real estate business in Austin, Texas. 

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