With all of the discussion about body shaming recently in the media, it got me thinking about my own view towards how my body looks, especially now while pregnant. I feel strongly that the many sides of pregnancy need to be seen, because no one fits into one mould.
During my pregnancy with my firstborn, I maybe have one photo of me with my belly fully exposed because I was incredibly self conscious of how it looked. Yesterday I took this photo of where my baby belly is at during this pregnancy. The old stretch marks are back, and growing with fresh lines. My belly button is being stretched flat right now. Baby girl is often curled up on my right making it look lopsided. While I may never get back to my “pre-pregnancy” tummy, I will forever cherish it’s appearance before, during, and after pregnancy. 4 pregnancies later… two ending in miscarriage. 2 little girls… One we wait patiently to make her appearance in the coming weeks. My body has, and is working hard to grow a baby. This is how my stomach looks right now, and I love it.
This pregnancy I find myself embracing the changes to my body much more. There is so much beauty brought to our bodies through pregnancy, childbirth, and becoming a mother. It is absolutely incredible what our bodies can do. It’s a miracle. I am wearing every stretch mark that has reappeared and grown longer with honour.
Each line across my stomach and hips is a mark for every moment. A mark for every moment I eagerly anticipated knowing I was pregnant.A mark for each of my pregnancies. A mark for every pound and inch my children have grown while inside of me. A mark for every moment, and so many more. They are all a reminder of how amazing our bodies are with being capable of having a baby form inside.
To all my fellow mama’s I want to encourage you to embrace where your body is at. Maybe you are pregnant with your first, or pregnant with your fourth. Maybe your stomach is covered in stretch marks, or you have none at all. Take a photo, or two, and remember this moment that your little one was part of you. You’ll miss the little flutters, and kicks. The photo will help you to remember, and it will become something you cherish. Cherish the body you have, and what it can do.