I recently discovered another fantastic Love Mum Body project that's been happening this year - The Body by Baby series from I Like Beer and Babies. As we're revisiting our Love Mum Body theme and activities this month (including our giant Ode to Mum-Bodies, it seemed the perfect time to share some more inspiration with you all.
Body by Baby
"Many of us feel embarrassed of our post baby bodies. Some of us are surprised that we didn't snap right back to our pre-baby bodies. The truth is, no matter how fast you bounce back to your pre-pregnancy state, you will never be the same. Be it from stretch marks, wider hips, sagging breasts, or just a new state of mind about your body, you are now forever changed by the miracle that is childbirth.
So, because Gisele and all her friends make it seem like stretchmarks don't happen, I started Body by Baby. Stretchmarks do happen. So does saggy skin. And saggy boobs. And that is ok.
Because this is what my belly looks like. This is what having two beautiful babies did to me. And it is awesome.
That's right. Drink it in. That is Grade A, 100% Mommy Beef right there. I earned every one of those tiger stripes. By growing healthy babies. Through healthy pregnancies. My saggy skin, stretched out bellybutton (you could fit a fist in that thing) and stretchmarks aren't the result of something I did wrong. They are the sign of everything I did right.
Should I be embarrassed to wear a bikini in public because I look like this? F*** no. I should be proud. If people don't like the way I look in a bikini, that it is their problem, not mine.
Now why on earth would I put my fat stomach out there for God and all of the internets to see? Because this is reality.
With this revelation about my own body comes a challenge to you all to help me keep it real. Because we are real women. Our bodies aren't perfect. But they didn't get this way on their own. They got this way because we are f***ing awesome and CREATED A HUMAN IN THEM. What's a stretchmark or a muffin top when we actually made life?"
If you would like to join in with I Like Beer and Babies' fabulous "Body by Baby" strand, email your words and pictures to ilikebeerandbabies @ gmail . com (remove spaces).- See more here.
And if you'd like to join our Love Mum Body fun on Story of Mum this month, we'd love you to add a line to our brand new Ode to Mum-Bodies and share your mum-body pictures (or plasticine body sculptures!) right here.
You might also like to read our wonderful series of Love Mum Body guest posts from mums worldwide.
You can find some of the blogs on a similar theme from this month below: