The Glory of the Pre- and Post-Pregnancy Baby Bump

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We all know what word association games are, right? You know, the ones where I say a word and you tell me the first thing that pops into your head? Well, we're going to play that right now.

Here's the word(s):

Baby Bump.

Did you think of pregnancy? 

Of course you did. Baby bumps and bumpies are all the rage now, and they should be! Pregnancy is awesome! But there is one aspect of pregnancy that isn't necessarily a crowd favorite.

The post-baby body. You've got a few stretch marks, your body is a little softer than it was before, and you may take that as (mistakenly) unattractive. 

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But here's another perspective on the post-baby body.

If you're like most American women, I'm sure you've at least tuned in to Ellen at least a couple of times. Just in case you didn't see this episode, Ellen had Jennifer Garner on her show, and the topic was Jennifer's baby bump. 

Jennifer's admission to having a baby bump was met with applause and cheers from the audience because, she's pregnant with her fourth child!


No, Jennifer is not pregnant, but she does have a baby bump—a bump that is evidence of her being pregnant with her children Violet, Sam, and Sera. She's accepted the fact that, even though, doubtless, she has tried to get rid of the excess bump that her babies left her, that she is going to forevermore have a baby bump.

And that's totally OK.

You've put a lot of effort into the baby bump. You've nourished and grown a child in that space, and sometimes, there is nothing more you can do than be proud of it—proud of what it's brought into the world and proud of what the fruits of that labor have accomplished. 

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What do you think? Do you relish in the glory that is the post-baby bump?

What do you think?

The Glory of the Pre- and Post-Pregnancy Baby Bump

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  1. Grace says:

    I hated the way I looked pre pregnancy and still do post

  2. AmandaRey says:

    This article makes me sad, coming from a family with tons of weight issues, basically it states there is no hope to return to my pre pregnancy shape that I worked so hard to achieve……

    • Mary says:

      I wouldn’t say that entirely. I come from a family that also has weight issues (on one side) and I struggle with my weight myself (part of that is my own fault and part of it is medication). But regardless, if you put in the work and take your dieting serious both during pregnancy and post pregnancy (after your doctor says it’s ok), it may take longer than some other people, but you can get your body back. And I know from talking to several other moms, the “bump” Jennifer is talking about is that lower ab area around your pelvis where your skin got stretched the most…and that you don’t really ever lose after you’ve had more than one kid. You can tone your muscles and get yourself fit but that area will kinda always be there…like mine isn’t horrid but it is more jiggly than the rest of me. A good piece of shapewear generally makes it look all gone or just wearing panties/pants that are about mid-rise instead of low-rise. Bottom line: don’t worry. If you’re willing to put in the work and time, you’ll get your results.


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