I think I need to share this. I had Epiphany, having children is something that I wanted and needed in my life. ever sense I was little and I was pretty much raising my brothers, I knew that motherhood was what I was destine for. So when I got pregnant with my first I was excited and didn't think much of the changes that would be happening to my body. I knew that my stomach was going to be getting bigger but, I didn't think I was going to have the health issues that would cause a 97lbs weight gain!
That being said I was overall still happy with my belly, but one day I just woke up and looked in the mirror and there they were, staring me in the face. The bright red, deep, throbbing and disgusting stretch marks. I was devastated! I was so upset that there went 8 months with no stretch marks and boom!!! I then just brushed them off only to forget during the rest of my pregnancy.
Soon after I has Emma, at 35 weeks. She was a c-section baby due to health related issues. I began to notice the change in my body, I was very much bigger then I was when I started. I didn't fit into any clothing in my closet and could not were anything close to the skin as there was so much extra around my mid-section. This depressed me. I was embarrassed of my "new" look and body. I didn't feel like my husband could look at me the same way.
All this being said, I was reading a article the other day about motherhood and the changes that happen and I realized this. I NEEDED TO CHANGE. My children made me the way that I am, I got the pleasure to carry and grow them in my body. My body was a sacred vessel! So why would it not change right? Why would I think that pregnancy and bearing a child would not change how my body is formed and the marks on it. Every single mark that both my children gave me are only another reminder that I have two beautiful children! I got all that I have now from becoming a mother, and I want to say this. I am DAMN proud! I am proud that I still cant bend over with my stomach hanging over my jeans, that I cant wear 2 piece swimwear as there are stretch marks in places they should not be.
I know there are mothers that go back to "normal" after having children, but I am glad and proud that mine altered who I am physically and mentally. Tell me what is "normal" anyway? the average woman is a size 14 and I am a 10, so according to the national average I am SKINNY. So here is to all the mothers with the Mom Body! I love and embrace mine and you should too!