All of us women become self conscious of our body image at some point in our lives. It is a shame that we tend to experience the most anxiety about self image when we become pregnant. We have enough to worry about while entering motherhood! Our very last priority should be about pleasing society by leveling up to false beauty standards.
I want to share a very important story from a young woman, my very own cousin, who learned how to overcome anxiety about her new postpartum body. She shares a very beautiful message.
When I found out I was pregnant, I was very excited but scared too. I was afraid of getting tons of stretch marks. I told myself that if I got stretch marks, I would just get a big tattoo to cover them all up. The weeks went by and I got bigger and bigger. I started to love my large belly, especially when I was able to feel my son move around. Once I hit 35 weeks pregnant, I got one little stretch mark. To be honest, I was pretty bummed out because I figured I was in the clear since I had made it this far without getting any. Boy was I wrong. As the last couple weeks came, I felt like I got a new stretch mark each day. I began to except them because they became apart of me, like battle scares proving I was lucky enough to have a little bundle inside me. Once I hit week 40, my son was ready to come out. I had stretch marks on my belly along with the sides of my breasts but I’m not bummed anymore. I love my stretch marks because they are a reminder of when I was pregnant with the love of my life. I never should have worried about them. They are apart of me and always will be.