You had a baby. You grew a human life inside your own body, pushed with all your strength to bring that life into the world, and you came out better for it on the other side.
If you had a c-section, you recovered not just from pregnancy, birth, and the lack of sleep in the following weeks (or months), but also recovered from major surgery.
You are strong.
Maybe you have stretch marks on your tummy. They are a reminder of the fact that you grew a life inside you. You grew a healthy, beautiful baby, so full of life and love that your body had to stretch to contain it.
Maybe you have stretch marks on your bust. Your breasts grew and stretched to be able to provide food for the life you created.
Maybe you still have a few extra pounds left, or are saggy in places that didn’t sag before.
Maybe you bounced back to your pre-pregnancy weight, and didn’t get any stretch marks!
Whichever combination, whatever the impact your pregnancy had on your body, how amazing is it to be able to perform such a feat with our own bodies?
Your body is not the same as it was before, and your body is not the same as every other mom. Whatever the difference in your shape, remember the reason why it is not the same. You had a baby! You are amazing, and you are strong!
And now, to help you keep up your physical strength, you have a baby who will want you to carry her around, day in and day out, as she slowly gets heavier. A baby who will sometimes require you to rock her and sway with her for long stretches in the middle of the night. A great way to build arm and back strength, and on some days, a test of your stamina.
Celebrate yourself and your body. Be reminded of your strength when you look at your children, and be proud of what you and your body accomplished.
For even more celebration of Mom Bodies through beautiful photography, please enjoy the Fourth Trimester Bodies Project, which highlights mothers of all ages, shapes, sizes, colors, and circumstances in their own natural beauty.