Embracing pregnancy bellies and bodies
It’s been some time since I carried a baby in my tummy, but like most mums, I still remember how difficult it can be coming to terms with the changes your body undergoes.
Wider hips, stretch marks and the jelly belly that lingers for at least as long as it takes for your stomach muscles to move back into place – these things are scary for many mums, but often entirely unavoidable.
If we can say one thing about society’s attitude to mums’ bodies, it’s that we face very high expectations to look good or ‘normal’ instantaneously.
That’s why this photo series by the CT Working Moms of Connecticut on their blog is such a re-assuring, positive read.
In true Calendar Girls style, these women have embraced their post-birth bodies and are meeting the gossip magazine conception of new mums’ bodies head on.
To quote the blog directly: “We got to talking and the idea came up to do our own photo-shoot where we would bare our post-baby bellies (in a sports bra of course). We wanted to embrace our bodies and let the world know we are proud of our saggy stripes!”
This is the sort of uplifting attitude that new or expectant mums need to be exposed to.
Of course, I needn’t “preach to the converted” who read this blog. We’re all parents. We understand what’s involved.
We all accept that new mums, suffering as they do their emotional highs and lows, can only be reassured by reading this sort of stuff.
What I like in particular, is that the CT mums have gone for a full range of different mums’ bodies. As if to say “there’s no such thing as a typical body once you’ve popped out a sprog”.
So if you know of any new mums out there, once you’ve directed them to our own fantastic Kiddicare Blog, send them in the direction of the CT Working Moms, for some extra moral support.