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Monday, June 17, 2013

Body by Baby

Many of us feel embarrassed of our post baby bodies. Some of us are surprised that we didn't snap right back to our pre-baby bodies. The truth is, no matter how fast you bounce back to your pre-pregnancy state, you will never be the same. Be it from stretch marks, wider hips, sagging breasts, or just a new state of mind about your body, you are now forever changed by the miracle that is childbirth.

So, because Gisele and all her friends make it seem like stretchmarks don't happen, I started Body by Baby. Stretchmarks do happen. So does saggy skin. And saggy boobs. And that is ok. Because we are real women. Our bodies aren't perfect. But they didn't get this way on their own. They got this way because we are fucking awesome and CREATED A HUMAN IN THEM. What's a stretchmark or a muffin top when we actually made life?

This is what a real woman's belly looks like. This is what having beautiful babies does to a girl. And it is awesome:

This is Margaret. She is the mom of a 17-month-old little girl.

Here is her story:
Since going to the hospital to deliver my girl I have lost 55 pounds. I gained almost 60 while I was pregnant! I didn't even use pregnancy as an excuse to eat whatever I wanted; however, the weight came and decided to set up camp on my belly, thighs and anywhere else it could find! I am so close to my pre-baby weight, but very far from my pre-baby body. The stretch marked skin on my belly is loose and by the end of the day I often look like I'm three months pregnant.

Am I happy with my new body? No. But I am working hard to cut myself some slack!!

Do I think the transformation in my body was completely worth it? Hell yes!

These stretch marks are the sign of a warrior. A warrior that grew life inside her and delivered that life into the world. We are warriors. These are our badges of honor. I am proud of mine.

Thanks, Margeret. You are the shit for sharing with us what we all hide from each other.

Body by Baby all started here, but you glorious bitches have kept it going. Feeling frisky? Send me your own Body by Baby portrait and I will share it with all six of my readers the world. Anonymously or not. Your choice. Email them to me at ilikebeerandbabies @ gmail . com (remove spaces).

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