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Embracing My Body as a Mother (Jessica)

I am a 22 year old mother with 2 babies 12 months apart. After my first was born I had an identity crisis. I looked into the mirror and I didn’t know who I was any more, I didn’t recognize my body, I was depressed. Then I had my second and one day I realized I am beautiful because this belly and stretchmarks are given me to me as a sign that I have been blessed with children, a constant reminder of how my life has been beautifully changed into a mother. It is different than my young, tight pre-baby body, but it is just as beautiful because this is my young, beautiful baby stretched mommy body. I am no longer just a beautiful young woman, I am a beautiful young mother! However, I have learned something important through the process of my body turning into a mother and that is, it is ok to grieve. I grieved my old body because it was over, gone, never to be the same again. It is a reality that so many of us women have to face. We may lose the weight, work hard and gain back muscle but somethings will never be what they used to be. The mere fact that we are now mothers means our lives are forever changed. But now it is time to move on and embrace the future as a beautiful Mama!

12 months postpartum with my second
Lawrence 2
Myra 1

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in Belly, Postpartum, Second Pregnancy, Submissions

3 comments… add one

  • Bella Friday, October 7, 2016, 8:52 am

    You are really beautifull, loved your post!

  • Sharisse Sunday, October 16, 2016, 9:43 pm

    Thank you for the post. I’m mourning and coming to terms with my own stretch marks.

  • Jamie Monday, March 27, 2017, 8:55 am

    I think you look beautiful! Your words were beautiful too. I struggle all the time with my body. I have similar looking belly as yours. I used to work out all the time and was in great shape but always there was my saggy skin. I have let it be a excuse not to stay in shape because no matter what I do not matter how hard I work I will never be able to rock a bikini or so many different types of clothes that I lov . But seeing you in such great shape even though the saggy skin remains inspires me and makes me when to take care of myself better despite my skin and scars. thank you for sharing.

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