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Learning to Love (Jill)

It makes me angry how much pressure society puts on women to look perfect at all times, even after bearing a baby. Instead of being proud of growing a life we turn to hate and fail to see the immense beauty that has taken place. Our bodies brought new life into this world and that is amazing!

After having my first son, I hated my body. I was disgusted with myself. I thought it pointless to even try and do anything about it. Pregnant with my second son, I learned to appreciate my body and take care of it. I was carrying my child, my body was doing an extraordinary thing. I’m not quite 3 months post partum from my second son, still over my pre-pregnancy weight, still covered in stretchmarks and sagging skin and I don’t think my body will ever be the same again but I don’t think I’ve ever loved myself more.

25 years
3 pregnancies, 2 births
Sons aged 2 years 9 months and 2 months 2 weeks

in Belly, Positive Body Image/Words of Enouragement, Postpartum, Second Pregnancy, Submissions
7 comments… add one
  • amber Friday, May 11, 2012, 7:21 am


    Inspired by you.

    Blessed and tortured

  • L Friday, May 11, 2012, 7:26 am

    Beautiful pic! Thanks 4 sharing.. very encouraging.

  • rosie Monday, May 14, 2012, 2:00 am

    beautiful picture, thankyou for sharing. i love that your children are in your photo. it is taken from your eldest child’s height. from where they see the world – and from where they are standing you represent everything that is good and you are beautiful. xx

  • chris Monday, May 14, 2012, 12:23 pm

    Thank you for sharing. Know that others feel the same way about society’s pressures and ignorance.

    What is encouraging is your change of mindset about yourself (EXCELLENT!!) and your post!!

    From a third party. You are a BEAUTIFUL WOMAN & MOM!!! Keep up with loving yourself, instill that into your sons, and teach your sons that we all a beautiful just the way we are…

    Take care and best wishes to you and your family!

  • Lola Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 9:22 pm

    You are amazing! I cried when i read this & scrolled down to your picture. This is one of the most beautiful pictures i have ever seen! Our kids love us no matter hwat our bodies look like and this embodies that message perfectly! Such a wonderful trio <3

  • Rachel Wednesday, May 23, 2012, 10:19 pm

    How wonderful to read. . . You have such pride in your motherhood, as you should. It is beautiful!

  • Ruth Calder Murphy Thursday, July 10, 2014, 11:16 am

    Wonderful, beautiful and true . Thank you for sharing.

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