I have to admit- I am feeling angry. Old feelings have been resurfacing. Of not feeling good enough. Remembering how I felt I should look like after being pregnant. The jealousy that accompanied Moms comparing their stomachs. Questions from others, months after having my second child, asking if I was pregnant again (when I was not). Truthfully, those comments did a lot of damage for awhile and that’s why I ended up almost getting a tummy tuck.
Unless you are living under a rock, you have heard that the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, had a baby boy. While I have not followed their story obsessively, I did find myself celebrating with them. They seem like such a loving, affectionate couple and she seems very real and down-to-earth.
I felt such joy after reading (and sharing on my page) an article with a picture of Kate holding her baby….like any normal mother, her uterus has not yet shrunk and she makes no effort to hide that, which I think is AWESOME. She looks BEAUTIFUL and her and her husband look VERY happy.
And THEN…. I came across another article from a magazine, titled,
Can we all let out one big….UGH!!!! The article seemed to imply that these supermodels are experts in fitness (since when is THAT true??) and that she desperately NEEDS to get back into shape…..like, NOW!! Her reputation depends on it!
Here are three reasons why this article deserves to be trashed.
First, just because she has a belly does NOT mean that she is out of shape!! She looks like a mother who just had a baby!
Second, what is more important right now, her having a flat stomach, or focusing all her energies on taking care of this precious child?
Third….. WHO the hell cares what she looks like? As long as SHE feels comfortable in her own skin, that is what matters!!
Can we all get back to CELEBRATING our post-baby body? I need to remind myself, too, at this time, that it’s normal to not go back to what I looked like before kids. It’s totally okay!! As long as we are nourishing ourselves- mind, body and spirit and showing love and compassion to the body that carried our precious babes.
On that note…. I wanted to go out on a limb and share this VERY PREGNANT photo of me from 8 years ago….. I was pregnant with my second child. My daughter, who is a very small 8 year old now, was born at 9 pounds 4 oz. (and I still have the stretch marks to prove it. ) 🙂
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