This is my belly and it doesn't look like it used too. It doesn't look like today's beautiful standards say it should look like.
This is my belly and it doesn’t look like it used too. It doesn’t look like today’s beautiful standards say it should look like. I can’t believe how scary it is and how vulnerable I feel to show you this picture. Why?
There are days when I hate this belly. When I’m embarrassed about it, days when I hide it even for myself under shaping underwear and tight jeans as if they would make it go away. There are days when I think it looks more like a huge raisin rather then a belly. Days when I think of what would be the easiest way to “restore” it to what it use to look like. Restore it in to the what a belly SHOULD look like.
But there are some days, not so many but still some, when I think it doesn’t look too bad. Some times I even like the look of my new soft wrinkled skin. It reminds me of when Dylan and I where one and shared everything.
I hate that somehow I have gotten this twisted thought of what a belly should look like programmed in my brain. I hope there will come a day when women are not fed with the idea of that a mother’s body is something that needs to be fixed, something that needs to be restored. That stretch marks is not something you should be ashamed of. I hope there will be a day when each belly can look different and still be beautiful in everybody’s eyes. And most importantly in the eyes of the person that the belly is attached to. And I am going to work my ass off to beat some sense in to my brain to make it see how beautiful my new mother belly truly is.
And everyday I will try to love and not despise my new body. And remind myself of the miracle that the female body is and how that to me is true beauty. Some people might said that this is a picture too private to share. But if we only get fed with images of the “perfect” body we won’t get anywhere.
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