Dealing With Body Image
I’ll be the first to admit that I have always struggled with body image. I’ve been the thin girl that thinks she’s fat and the girl that constantly picks apart her body. It hasn’t been until just recently, that I’ve learned to actually love myself. Even now that I feel like I’m at a good point with my self-love relationship, I still struggle and I’m sure there will be many more days where I continue to struggle as well.
Pregnancy is a beautiful thing and an amazing time for most women, but it can also be a very hard time for some women too. Pregnancy changes our body in ways we could have never imagined. Some women are lucky enough to have a “belly only” pregnancy, but for the rest of us, we have to deal with our whole body changing.
I’ve always wished I had a bigger set of tata’s. Well, I got my wish when I got pregnant and I can tell you it’s not all that it’s cracked up to be- at least for me. Along with the bigger breasts came a lot of stretch marks and that’s been really hard for me to be okay with. Not just on my chest, but on my hips as well. My love handles have also gotten bigger and my hips have gotten wider. For someone who hated gaining weight in the first place, this has been really hard for me to cope with some days.
Here are three things to remember when you are struggling with the way your amazing, life-creating, child-bearing body is looking:
- You are creating a human – Think about it. You are literally creating a human life inside of you. To me, thinking about that very things makes every single extra pound and stretch mark worth it. There is nothing that compares to the incredible feeling of knowing you are creating life. Those boobs with those ugly stretch marks? They’re responsible for feeding and providing life for your little one.
- It’s only temporary – Yes, having a child is going to change your body. No, it’s not going to be ruined. Once you have your baby, your body can and will go back. The stretch marks will fade, and with healthy choices and some hard work, the excess fat will shrink.
- You are beautiful and you are worth it – No matter what your body looks like, I want you to realize you are beautiful and you are worth it, Mama. Take a look in the mirror, but this time I want you to look past your image and look into your heart. Your worth will never depend on the way you look.