"Love makes you fat," according to this blogging mom. What do you think?
Laura Mazza looks really fantastic and healthy. But does she look exactly like she did before her pregnancy? No. And that's OK.
The mommy-blogger recently shared completely relatable before-and-after photos of herself accompanied by the story of her own struggle with—and eventual acceptance of—her post-baby body. She writes of her pre-baby body, which is shown on the left side if the photo, and admits she was always on a diet. She praises the flat stomach and lack of stretch marks. Then she goes on to describe her post-baby body, which appears on the right.
The post appears on Mazza's Facebook page, where it has been shared over 500 times.
But as tough as it has been for Mazza to embrace her changed body, it seems like she has to come to understand that a post-baby body is something worthy of awe. "The scars and stretch marks and jiggly tummy is because I made humans," she writes on her blog. "I have achieved more with this body, then [sic] I have with my old body. I’ve eaten more good foods. I’ve lived more, I’ve given more, I’ve enjoyed more. I’ve made life. This body, THIS body should be celebrated and admired."
It can be incredibly difficult for any mother to adjust to her body after she's had a baby. Our post-baby bodies are beautiful, powerful, and strong—but they're different. Even if you hit your pre-pregnancy weight, chances are things have shifted a bit, and you may need to replace your favorite jeans and get used to seeing stretch marks when you look in the mirror. It's all totally normal, but it can be hard to wrap your head around initially. And while we may not all look like Mazza did before or after baby, it's refreshing to hear another mom admit to the inner struggle so many of us grapple with.
Can you relate to Mazza's words? Do you remind yourself how much your postpartum body has done for you when you start to feel uncomfortable in it? Tell us!