My Post-Partum Body

I'm about to share something kind of uncomfortable: my post-partum body.  What the hell, right?  I've posted myself in a bathing suit before.  But this is really super vulnerable - what my body looks like post-baby.  But that's exactly why I'm doing it: to contribute to a library of images that shows what women's bodies really look like after having a baby.

The pressure is so intense to "get your body back", "snap back into shape", to look amazing and like you never had a baby in the first place.  Magazine covers make a mint on these kind of stories.  How rude.  How completely obnoxious, to pretend that women's biggest success after creating a whole new life is to make their bodies look like it never happened, and in record time.

It makes me stabby.

We should be helping new mothers adjust to life with a newborn, offering them support with healthcare, paid parental leave, and social services, not badgering them to get their healing bodies back into shape. 

So as an answer to that stupid narrative, here is my post-partum body, loose skin, stretchmarks, extra fat, and all.

My real post-partum body. 

My real post-partum body. 

From the side - my real post-partum body.

From the side - my real post-partum body.

Here are some great resources to see more post-partum bodies:

My Real Post-Partum Body
A Beautiful Body Project