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PostPOURtum Thoughts: Moms Share Their “Summer Mombod” Truths

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Photo credit: Renee’ Saraceni

A woman’s body sure does go through a lot during pregnancy and on into motherhood. Even though embracing that “mombod” should come easy because it grew, fed, and housed a small human, it isn’t always as easy as it may seem.

The following moms discuss some insecurities surrounding their summer bodies. They also discuss the positive outlook women can cultivate when it comes to the skin they’re in.

Celebrate that summer body for all it has done for you and your little ones. That celebration is well-deserved, Mama.

“Your Kids Don’t Care What Size You Are”

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Photo credit: Tracy Greene

“My body has gone through so many changes in the last 10 years and throughout that time, it’s taken it’s toll on how I feel about myself. Through all of the ups and downs in appearance, I’ve forced myself (no matter how uncomfortable I’ve been in my own skin) to live in the moment. Whether it’s been time with or without my kids, you don’t get experiences back and I’ve refused to miss out on fun due to my own insecurities. Your kids don’t care what size you are, they care that mom is there having fun with them.” – Tracy Greene, mother of three

“I’m Rocking That ‘Chubby Summer Mombod’”

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Photo credit: Ashley Smith

“Well, I guess I'm rocking that ‘chubby summer mom bod’ the best I can! Obviously, I'm no where near where I think I should be (at least 10-15 pounds less) or where society probably thinks I should be (20-30 pounds less) after having my boys two years ago. However, I have to remind myself my body went through some major changes during pregnancy! I didn't just gain around 45-50 pounds, I created, carried and delivered two, beautiful, and healthy baby boys! My body stretched to the max, joints adjusted, produced milk/nutrients to feed them for about 3 months after they were born! To me, that's pretty amazing!” – Ashley Smith, mother of two

“Let’s Just Have a ‘Happy Mom Summer’”

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Photo credit: Meghan Moran

“When my sister-in-law, who has never had a baby, does ‘check-ins’ every week about our summer progress before we go on our vacation at the beginning of August, I finally just had to tell her that I'm going on vacation and just going to have to love myself for what it is. Also, I would tell a new mom to just let the Instagram pressure to be perfectly fit and perfectly happy and perfectly parenting roll right off of their shoulders. Let's just have a ‘Happy Mom Summer’ where we do what we can, eat ice cream if we want, take time outdoors, and know that we are enough!” – Meghan Moran, mother of two

“Your Little Ones Deserve That Confident Role-Model”

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Photo Credit: Jennifer Aline Graham

“The saggy skin. The stretch marks. The typical ‘mom pooch". I wish I were more confident with my body. The thing is - this body carried my two children... at the same time. THAT is what I need to remember and that is what new parents need to remember when they start thinking negatively. Your body was a home to your child(ren) and you should rock that bikini or suit with confidence because you deserve it and your little ones deserve that confident role-model.” – Jennifer Aline Graham, mother of two

 

Biography

 Jennifer Aline is a coffee addict, mama of twins, and a passionate freelance writer and author. She writes for Moms.com on a regular basis and has had articles in publications such as the NY Daily News, NY Post, and In Good Health Newspaper. Aline received her Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Family Studies from Keuka College and worked in the Human Services field before her two little girls entered her life. Aline now focuses primarily on writing, teaching aerial arts classes in the evenings, and caring for her twin daughters – all while continuously chugging coffee, of course.

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