The “Mom Bod”
If you’re just like me who took a while before embracing my new mom bod, you are not alone. Many women might feel like they have lost a big part of themselves when they became mothers. My body drastically changed after giving birth to my two kids. There was a time when I would not even look at myself in the mirror anymore. Also, my postpartum body ached all over! My body needed to heal itself from the wounds and pains of childbirth and at the same time, it had to be fit enough to take care of the baby.
Resilience and Strength
Later on, I began to appreciate my new body because I discovered its superpowers! Okay, the fact that a baby grew and came out of your body is already a major feat. But as my motherhood journey continued on, I found a new kind of resilience and strength! First of all, my body provided milk to both Leon and Lucas. Breastfeeding helped me lose most of my pregnancy weight gain! It was very hard for me at first, but I am so glad that it worked out for us. Also, my arms became stronger (and more toned) from carrying my little boys. My legs became sturdier and firmer as I chased after them outdoors. Most of all, my heart became bigger because I learned to love more than I have ever loved before.
From Maidenhood To Motherhood
Alexa Wilding is my inspiration for embracing the mom bod:
“That’s when I realized what really happened to me. It’s this maidenhood to motherhood transformation… and we, as a culture, we want to stay in maidenhood as long as possible. So many women are trying to erase that rite of passage from their bodies, from their faces, their experiences.”
“I’m starting to feel a new sexiness. It’s like a little seed that is just starting to sprout. I don’t know what it’s going to be and what it’s going to look like but it’s coming.”
“I want to dispel the myth that we have to go to crazy lengths to erase maternity from our bodies. Because it’s not going to work. We’re still going to be mothers. We still left point A and got to point B and we should be proud of all the steps we took to get there.”
My two babies love to embrace my body. I like to think that I am their source of comfort and love, and they feel secure whenever they hug me. Between me and my husband, my little boys choose to hug mama’s “soft body”. My first son Leon likes to use my tummy as a pillow! It makes me happy to see my children love my body.
Mommas, we do not need to feel depressed or insecure because our bodies are amazing! We are beautiful and strong. Not only did our babies grow inside of us, but we are able to nourish, protect, and nurture them.
So moms, be proud and stand tall! Love the NEW and BETTER you! And let’s continue to support one another as we raise the future generation.
Christian moms, read this amazing post about Mom Bods and the Gospel by Joei Revilleza!
Are you a new mom who is finding it hard to accept your post-partum body? Or have you done some changes (in your attitude/ lifestyle, etc.) to help you love your new bod? Share your thoughts below!
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