You Gotta Love this Mom’s Body Transformation Post (It’s Positive!)
I know, I know, motherhood is supposed to be the ultimate time of body empowerment for women. We're supposed to embrace our baby bump, love our stretch marks, and be totally cool with our leaking breasts, split open bodies, and exhausted bones.
But you know what? Sometimes it's not that easy. Sometimes, it's hard to learn to love our bodies through pregnancy and after birth. Because for a lot of moms, even if we get back to our pre-pregnancy weight or stay healthy and exercise all the way through our pregnancies and overall, feel pretty good through the process, our bodies still change. More likely than not, they do not look the same as they did pre-kids.
And one mom is showing why exactly that's 100% okay in a pretty powerful Instagram post. The mom blogger, Lindsay Wolf, shared a side-by-side photo of her body transformation, which isn't exactly like the ones you may be used to seeing.
On the left is a 23 year old woman who literally thought she was chubby in the picture shared. She was self-conscious, critical of her physical shape, and always either on a diet or rebelling from one. She only saw flaws in the mirror. She acted happy, but there was definitely a restlessness, because she was worried about what would happen if she physically became anything other than what she was (which was not good enough for her anyway). On the right is a 33 year old woman who is learning to love her body without pressuring it to be anything other than what it is. She is trying out self-love & body positivity for a change. She is getting to the heart of why, at 23, she hated her body so much. And in the process, she is healing a lifelong struggle of never fully seeing herself for the extraordinary human being she is. (Many thanks to @allisonkimmey & @bodyposipanda for being awesome examples of body love at its best) 🌺 . . . . . . . . #bodypositivity #bodylove #plussize #postpartumbody #motherhood #mombod #loveyourself #bodylove #curves #effyourbeautystandards
Wolf's photo and her message went viral because it shows what true health looks like and it has nothing do with how “aesthetically pleasing” your body is based on someone's standard of beauty. And honestly, that standard of beauty changes over time anyway.
So take Wolf's example and embrace your “mom bod,” flaws and all. Embrace it for what it can do, what it has done for your family, and what it means for your health, which has nothing to do with how you look.
How do you feel about your mom body transformation?