It takes on average nine months to grow a baby, and in those nine months, a mother’s body goes through incredible changes to accommodate another life. Yet new moms are under extraordinary pressure to erase every sign of what their body had just accomplished as quickly as possible.
Australian mom Laura Mazza struggled with her post-pregnancy body with stretch marks, cellulite, and extra weight, but it was especially hard to come to terms with when she looked back at photos of her pre-pregnancy body. “Every day I look at myself in the mirror and I look at the body that I have now and then I go back and reflect on that image of what I once was,” Mazza said.
“One day I said to myself I’m just tired of not loving me, there’s only one me… it’s time to start loving myself and all I’ve achieved,” said Mazza, who decided to upload an unconventional ‘before and after‘ photo. Instead of showing off weight loss, she wanted to praise her body for all that it had done, and help other struggling moms do the same.
“No, this isn’t a before and after shot of weight loss. But it is a victory story. I write this from my heart. It hurts. On the left – This was my body before kids,” Mazza wrote in blog post, which has since gone viral. “No stretch marks or scars from belly button piercings. A belly button that was high. A flat stomach… On the right is me now. Stretch marks. A droopy belly button. Thicker, not many bones protruding, but more dimples that represent cellulite.”
“People don’t want to see this photo. All of a sudden it’s not okay. It’s not pleasing to the eye anymore. It’s not a body to be admired,” she wrote. “This body, it’s not a result of just meat. It’s a result of eating everything. Fruit, vegetables, carbs; pasta, rice, cakes, chocolate.. Sometimes 20 chicken nuggets. Fish… It’s not always healthy but 99% of it is. The scars and stretch marks and jiggly tummy is because I made humans. I ate a little more cake, I drank a little more wine. I made mug cakes at 9pm and snuggled on the couch with my husband. But for some reason, I didn’t love this body. It’s sad.”
“But you know what? I have achieved more with this body, then I have with my old body. I’ve eaten more good foods. I’ve lived more, I’ve given more, I’ve enjoyed more. I’ve made life. This body, THIS body should be celebrated and admired.”
“life begins now. It doesn’t wait for you to be the perfect weight or the perfect size. You don’t want to look back in 50 years having regretted wasting time waiting for the perfect body size to start living your life,’ Mazza said. “You will only regret the time wasted on worrying.”
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