I am proud of what I’ve done. My son Marcus is six months old and like all of you I went through some shit bringing him into this world. I was a fitness lunatic before I got pregnant so I was a little down on myself for a while. It’s easy to feel that way when you are used to being very fit and toned and when you look in the mirror now your body is much softer and there are stretch marks on your bum. The added postpartum hormones don’t help. I was shocked when I found out how painful the postpartum period was. I tore badly and couldn’t sit down for weeks, it’s still not right down there. Our sex life tanked and that was rough, we are just getting it back slowly now. I started running again and it’s helped all aspects of my life and I can honestly say I love my body and respect as a sacred vessel. All of your stories helped. My greatest wish is that you all can feel the way I do now. You all deserve it. Don’t even look at the celebrity moms. What they have is completely unrealistic. I don’t even have the money right now for a gym membership let alone a personal trainer and a nutrionist. If we all had that we’d all be the same way. What is real? No sleep, hormones, tanked sex life, stretch marks, financial problems, painful postpartum period, and all the problems you have with your husband if you’re lucky enough to have one as a result of all these things. So a poor self image is like the cherry on the sundae. Don’t feel bad about yourself, don’t hold yourself to ridiculous standards, but be proud of yourself your stretchmarks and your baby.