Updated: Sep 18, 2018
As a mother of four, I am all-too-familiar with the body image battlefield on which many new mums spend an inordinate amount of time and energy. Droopy breasts, a bigger waist, stretch marks. It is not hard to see why lots of new mums view their post pregnancy body with a mix of dread and resignation.
But if growing and delivering a child leaves a physical mark or two on you, it also imbues you with a confidence and pride that comes from doing something miraculous. What is more powerful than a mum who embraces her postpartum body both mentally and physically….?
The best way i do this is to connect every day with gratitude.
Gratitude towards myself for doing everything i needed to do to create, grow and deliver my child, and gratitude for my amazing body that was able to produce the miracle i am holding in my arms. I have breasts to nurture and provide food for my little one, my tummy and uterus that protected and helped my baby grow, my arms to hold and love my child, my legs to help me bounce and rock my child to sleep as I hold them, my head to allow me to think about what I need to do to be a good mum. Even though I am not as skinny or toned as I was before my little one, my body has changed so I could be a mum. Stretch marks are a good thing, a reminder that i was the sole protector of my child for nine months. I’ve come to understand that it’s not all about me anymore. I am thankful for my imperfect body because it is perfect to love and care for my child.
Love yourself—your whole self—body, mind, and soul, fully and completely. Love your body after baby and embrace your post-baby body – after all, it has created an actual human being!
You know who’s beautiful read the first word!
What is one thing you LOVE about your postpartum body and WHY?”