To All my mommy friends….
Women love to celebrate their pregnant bellies! We post pictures almost daily, showing off our growing bellies. I know I do anyway. We no longer feel the need to suck it in because we want it to be noticeable and growing. We love it because we know there is someone beautiful on the inside growing and waiting to meet us. Then we give birth and suddenly we are fussing over the stretch marks, extra skin and mom pooch. We start sucking in again, planning diets and refusing to post pictures that make our mid section look like it just gave birth. Am I the only one? Look! I’m with you. I’m waiting for the moment I can feel less bloated after Jay is born but I’m striving not to let it consume me this time. I don’t want to allow that desire to ruin my day or determine my comfort level. I don’t want to allow the desire to get my pre baby body back to define me.
Ladies! We should still be celebrating our bodies after birth. We should be loving our bodies period! Those stretch marks, extra skin and mom pooch tell the story of the life you helped grow. This is a beautiful thing. I’m not saying it’s bad to live a healthy life. It’s not bad to want to shed a few pounds. It’s not wrong to want to work out. We should make healthy choices. It can become all consuming though and that’s when it needs to be put in check. I believe there can be a balance. There can be a point when we take it too far. I don’t know about you, but I want to love, appreciate and celebrate my body after the birth of Jay. Our bodies are worth the smile when we look in the mirror. As women we should strive to reach a place where we live unashamed of the changes that have taken place to our body. The truth is our bodies have not done anything bad but they’ve created someone beautiful. Let’s celebrate that!