Even still, I have to take it day by day. I realize that I can no longer veg out on the couch all day eating Krispy Kreme without suffering the consequences. And that's fine. I'm no longer that person. I want to set a good example for my daughter.
While I was in my darkest moments, depressed about my body, I happened to stumble upon a site that became my greatest motivator--The Shape of A Mother. This site is filled with stories from everyday women going through the same thing most mothers deal with shortly after birth; coming to term with their new bodies. The most amazing thing about this site is that it showcases the beauty of motherhood. There, the women bare their souls and their bodies.
I began immersing myself in their stories. Women who had multiple births. Women who had c-sections. Women who were struggling to reclaim their pre-pregnancy bodies. They were just like me. It was such a comfort during that period in my life. Even today, I still go back and read some of those amazing stories. I encourage women, the same way I was encouraged. That's the thing about motherhood, we may choose to raise our children differently, we may even choose to give birth differently, but we are all bound by one common trait; our ability to give life. And that makes us pretty spectacular.
I hope that if you're having a hard time with your body, you'll take the time to check out The Shape of a Mother. It is a great resource. I hope that it will comfort you in your time of need. It has certainly helped my reclaim the love for body that I thought I had lost for good.
How did you deal with finding the beauty with your post-pregnancy bodies? Do you have any tips for women who my be suffering from negative body image? As always, sound off in the comment section below.
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