Babies ruin bodies. We've all heard it, and most of us believe it. At least, that’s what I believed before I got pregnant ...
When I first told my co-workers of my pregnancy, there was the obvious outpouring of “Congratulations.” But amid the cheer was another, quiet reminder from an older female colleague: “Your body will never quite be the same again.”
And it's true. But I'm certain that "ruin" isn't the right word. Having a baby changes your life, and with that, it changes your body. You might have stretch marks, varicose veins, extra weight ... or maybe you think twice before laughing in public because your bladder just isn't the same.
Before I had kids, I was terrified about how my body would change, but now that I've had two babies I realize that I'm proud of these transformations. They are my warrior marks showing my endurance through pregnancy and my strength.
But it's time to stop being ashamed of these changes. As mothers, and simply as people, it's time to start celebrating our bodies — before, during and after pregnancy. There is beauty in resilience, and beauty in change.
Here is a series of photos of some moms, including me. We're showing off, not hiding, the beauty of our changed and changing bodies.
Photo courtesy of Heather Kirchhofer of Agnes Art and Photo.