It can be incredibly tough embracing your postpartum body. The saggy skin. The scars. The stretch marks. It isn’t the body you were used to before your pregnancy and will most likely not be that body ever again. However, there is a sentence many “Mom Bloggers” are using on social media to help build a positive “Mom-Bod” mindset when it comes to facing your postpartum body. This sentence not only rings true, but can help build a different, more positive thought process when looking in the mirror.
When looking at your postpartum body, think this: “This is the result of my successes, not my failures.”
Jenniferalinewrites: “It’s a Process – Accepting Yourself.”
My stomach skin is saggy and scarred and wrinkled and stretched. I feel that no matter how much aerial I do or how many times I power walk with that darn double stroller, I'll never lose the saggy skin (or the "pizza dough pudge" as I like to call it). However, I need to remember something incredibly important - my wrinkly, squishy, pizza-dough belly was home to these two beautiful girls. Even if I lose some weight, it is likely I won't lose this belly and I need to see that as being okay.
It's a process - accepting yourself. It is something I've been working on all my life. My belly is my success because it held the two most precious gifts life could give - even when they drive me insane. I must tell myself every single day how beautifully strong this mom-bod of mine is. I need to do it for myself, but also for my girls so they can look in the mirror every single day and be proud of the people they are.
Thebirdspapaya: “This Skin Grew With Me to Create Room for my Favorite People.”
“This is the results of my successes, not my failures. Remember that, because I had forgotten for a long time. This skin grew with me to create room for my favorite people, my beautiful children to grow. This skin did it’s best to shrink down after losing 100 lbs.
“How can we possibly be ashamed? How can we allow our successes to feel like failures?
“Perspective and the repeating of truths. That’s how.”
Th3littlestavenger: “And Then There’s those Magical Marks.”
“This, what I’m holding in my hands, is a result of my successes! Every single mark that has ever been left on my skin - a result of success. Be it general growth, weight loss, pregnancy, postpartum weight loss/fitness - all of these are such positive lights in my life, why shouldn’t I be proud of them?
“The loose skin that I can hold in my hands, that my kids can squish every which way-it’s all proof that I’m a freaking boss. This photo captures it so perfectly for me, I truly admire what I see here. My arms are toned, my core is pretty tight, even progress with my leg muscle as well. And then there’s those magical marks. It’s all a part of my journey, and I’m learning to respect that, to even look at myself in awe. To feel what I see.
“Now here’s my question, did this open your eyes too? Can you truly appreciate and celebrate the physical proof of your success?”
Thefortintrio: “Your Body May Have Changed, But it is Covered in Beauty.”
“To the Mama who carried a baby, you’re a powerful female. Your body may have changed, but it is covered in beauty.
“To the woman who doesn’t have stripes like mine, but wishes she did, whatever your story is now-whatever struggle you are facing, you are strong. You are brave. You are a powerful female.
To the Mama who lost her son or daughter too soon, whether it was during pregnancy or after, you’re so strong. My heart breaks with you. You face your days with a brave heart and I see your strength. you’re a powerful female.
To the woman neck deep in postpartum struggles. The journey is hard, but you’re such a great mom! You’re a powerful female.
To the woman struggling with anxiety or depression, one day at a time. You can overcome! You are a powerful female.
To the young woman dreaming big things, you’re a powerful female and you can do anything you put your mind to.
To the working mom, thanks for providing for your family! You’re a powerful female! To the stay at home mom, I see you! You’re a powerful female.
To the older woman going back to school for her college degree! You’re a role model. You’re a powerful female.
To my daughter, who has a gentle heart and sees the world as only good and a big big place, you are a powerful female. And I can’t wait to see who you become and the impact you have on this world.
To all women, you are a powerful female.”
Jennifer Aline is a coffee addict, new mom 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, Rochester Magazine, 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.