For the first time in my life I feel no need or desire to malign or discredit my body, or to qualify it with any explanation for why it is the way it is. I am five weeks post-partum with my second child. He was 11 lbs, which was quite a shock, and I delivered him naturally. Following the birth I felt such a profound sense of pride and delight in my body– in what it was able to accomplish in growing and delivering into the world such a large and beautiful baby. After I had my first child I felt so disappointed with my body and couldn’t come to terms with the fact that it didn’t go back to what it was before. For some reason now I feel so differently. I definitely want to be fit and healthy, and that will likely involve losing some weight, but I want to hold onto this feeling of joy in my body and acceptance myself. We are amazing creatures. Love yourself!
These photos were taken 4 weeks post-partum.