Women should be given a new medal every damn day of the year for creating a human life in their womb, enduring cravings and ache and pains as they carry that child in their womb for 9 months as their body completely transforms.
Oh and there’s also that business of going through what some say is the most horrible pain a human can endure when delivering that baby into the world.
However, instead of being given a medal and praised for their beautiful acts of love, they are shamed.
They are told that their bodies aren’t acceptable and that they need to immediately lose the baby weight that was put on to nourish and keep their babies safe.
On top of being a brand new mother and spending many sleepless days and nights caring for their child, they need to get back in shape and fit society’s ideals of what a woman’s body should look like.
Which is complete and utter crap since all women’s bodies are unique and beautiful and built differently.
But this day in age women are taking their postpartum bodies back and celebrating them for what they are rather than what society tells us they should be.
Most people have no idea what a woman’s body actually looks like after she gives birth thanks to the Photoshop and the unrealistic images we see in the media.
According to Huffington Post, blogger and public speaker January Harshe started the Take Back Postpartum movement after seeing all the negative content under the Instagram hashtag #postpartum that discourage body positivity and acceptance. After having her sixth child she created the Instagram account and encouraged others to share their stories using the hashtag.
“16 M O N T H S #postpartum after my twin pregnancy . 30 kilograms get and lost in the shortest time,” wrote the woman in the photo above. “My mother’s body has made three children and two births. A caesarean section, excess skin, pregnancy strips, and muscles that have pulled apart #rektusdiastase. That’s me. The miracle of life.”
Not only does it include images of what real postpartum bodies look like but it also delves into what parents experience after giving birth to a child.
Take Back Postpartum gives the world a realistic view of postpartum life.
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“Postpartum is full of hormones, little sleep, survival mode, and figuring out a million different things with our new babies (and possibly toddlers and teenagers on top of it),” she wrote. “It’s trying to breastfeed, getting a groove back in your marriage or relationship, and our bodies taking time to heal. It’s a roller coaster ride that is personal and different to each person and family going through it, but is also similar enough that most of us can relate on some level.”
Harshe says her goal is to show the “variations of normal” which she hopes will help mothers be more accepting of themselves and each other.
“Life and motherhood are hard even when blessed. We need support not shaming,” she explains.
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Source: Huffington Post