I have spent 30 years of my life before I had Mason caring so much about what others thought of me, analyzing my body and comparing myself to other women. I have done all different kinds of diets and have spent months and years at the gym trying to be “skinny”.
It took me having Mason to truly understand ‘true love’ with body and myself. It took birthing a tiny human and becoming a momma to understand that our body is incredible. The things that it can accomplish and do is absolutely incredible. I was so nervous when I posted my first picture after Mason and worried if my husband would still find me attractive. I had a panic attack the first time I truly looked at myself after giving birth. It took me a while to get in a good head space to fully accept my body and to be capable of loving my body. I have rolls, excess skin, stretch marks and I will never be a size 2 ever again, but that’s okay. I carried a tiny human in this body for 9 months. I made the milk that this little tiny human survived on the first 4 months.
From the skinny body postpartum, to the stretch marks, and the skin that is sagging, and the scars across your bellies because of C-Section, you are all beautiful. So the more I thought about it, the more I started thinking that I needed to use my platform to reach other mommas and let them know to post their postpartum body, that we are fully capable of loving our postpartum body. Because there might be one momma out there who is desperately looking for a sign that says that what she’s going through is normal and that it’s going to be okay.
Every experience, every twist and turn, and every part of your postpartum life, it’s all beautiful. It doesn’t have to be today, it doesn’t have to be tomorrow, but I want you to post your postpartum body and open up about your postpartum experience to show that postpartum looks different on all of us. Through all of the challenges, opening up about my postpartum experience was one of the biggest challenge I had to face as a momma. I want you to know that you will get there. You will stand up and look at yourself in the mirror and ‘true love’ your body.
Don’t forget that you are doing an amazing job momma and you’ve got this.
This is postpartum.