Most women think they'll feel more insecure after having babies—but for this celebrity mom, pregnancy and parenthood helped her accept one flaw she claims she's always had.
It's easy to look at someone like Kristin Cavallari and think she looks completely perfect after having three children—but according to the former reality star, she's dealt with one physical flaw her entire life.
The mother of three explained that she's always had "a little pooch," one that wouldn't go away no matter how much weight she lost. While we definitely don't see it, we understand what she's saying: Every body is shaped differently, and almost all of us have certain characteristics we just can't change no matter what we do.
But Kristin has learned to accept her "pooch"—and surprisingly, becoming a mom ushered in that acceptance. “No matter how skinny I’ve been, [the pooch has] always there, and now that I’ve had kids, I sort of don’t mind as much because, you know what? What my stomach and my body went through is truly a miracle. And so it’s pretty marvelous that our bodies are able to do that," the star told TODAY.
Can you relate to what she's saying? On the one hand, it's so natural for women to feel a bit thrown off by their changed appearances after pregnancy—on the other hand, having a baby gives you this whole new respect for what your body can do. It's not just about aesthetics; you really start to understand what your body is capable of after it becomes a home for your baby.
"Jay doesn’t care, which makes me more comfortable about it," Kristin said of husband Jay Cutler's attitude towards her flaw. "So, find a guy who loves your flaws rather than nitpicks about them."
While it's great that Kristin has a loving, supportive partner, we also know that self-acceptance is something that has to come from within. Having a partner who loves your imperfections is great, but getting on board with them yourself? That's more important than anything. We all tend to be much harder on ourselves—case in point: Even someone like Kristin Cavallari, who appears pretty much ideal to the outside world, can identify one of her own flaws.
Did becoming a mom make you more accepting of your own body? Did it help you realize that the things you consider flaws are probably things no one else even notices?