Desiree Fortin shared an incredibly raw blog post about how she views her body after giving birth to triplets, and you'll love the body-positive (yet relatable!) message.
Desiree Fortin knows all too well that pregnancy can cause some unexpected physical changes—and that those changes don't always disappear right after a mama gives birth. Fortin, who blogs at Our Journey to Parenthood Blog, heard two comments about her "baby bump" in one week...and both comments came after she had given birth.
Fortin struggled a bit with the comments, and after hearing them she began to think more about her body post-baby: She wrote about the pooch, the scars, the textured skin that so many mothers hold on to long after they've delivered their babies. Fortin says she loves every bit of loose skin and every scar because it's a reminder of her children, but those physical changes are a reminder of a complicated experience—as she wasn't even sure if she'd safely carry her triplets at one point.
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New Blog Up. Celebrating my Scars. Link in Bio. "Despite how difficult my postpartum was and sometimes still is, what I see more than anything when I look at my Hope wounds is a beautiful and loving Mama trying to do all she can to provide the greatest love and care for her miracles. I see a strong woman who not only fought and conquered infertility, but spoke up and ultimately didn't let postpartum anxiety and depression beat her. There is so much beauty in that when I look at my Hope wounds." #mommyandme #spain #phillipines #stretchmarks #postpartumdepression #youmatter #motherhood #selflove #babe #postpartum #mombod #bebe #momdotme #babies #postpartummom #givelove #birthwithoutfear #selflovegeneration #selflove #brazil #africa #dubai #instagoodmyphoto #empoweredbirthproject #selflovegeneration #loveyourself #belove #phillipines #lovewhatmatters #pregnancylifestyle
"Despite, my 'baby bump,' when I look into the mirror, I see so much more beauty than I ever seen before because my hope wound, which are with me forever, have far greater meaning to me than I ever knew they would. Even though I may have a little extra pooch and lots of tiger stripes, I longed for wounds like these," she wrote in her moving blog post. "The very first Perinatologist that I saw, told me that I would never have a successful triplet pregnancy. I was too thin, too short–and it was a first pregnancy. However, my hope wounds proved her wrong. Not only did I deliver our babies 1 day past our goal date, but they were nearly 5 pounds each. My body did that!!! God did that!!! The fact that I get to experience this undeniable love with my three miracle angels is the greatest gift I have been given. I see that when I see my hope wounds. They represent life and what it means to carry life and bring life into this world."
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In case you missed it: New Blog Up: Celebrating My Scars. Link in Bio. "As I reflected on the story God has written for me and how special my hope wounds are, I wanted to do something to creatively and beautifully represent them. I have seen dozens of maternity milk bath photos and they are gorgeous. I wondered if a photo like that would be just as gorgeous in my postpartum body. I hope you may also be inspired to love and embrace your postpartum body because behind those wrinkles and wounds is a beautiful story and woman of strength who brought life into this world." #fortitrio #tripletmom #tigerstripes #postpartumbody #postpartumdepression #bebraveyou #motherhood #momlife #motherhoodsimplified #postpartum #mombod #hopewounds #proudmommy #babies #postpartummom #mystory #birthwithoutfear #selflovegeneration #ig_motherhood #teammotherly #postpregnancy #inspirepregnancy #celebratingpostpartum #mombod #postpartumbody #celebratingwomanhood #mummytummy #babybelly #womensday #bumpbirthandbeyond #internationalwomensday
For Fortin, her beautiful triplets are a constant reminder that she should celebrate her scars, and that's just what she did. She shared a postpartum photo that shows the mama posing in a milk bath (which appears to be the coolest new trend in maternity photos), and the result is beautiful.
"I wanted to do something to creatively and beautifully represent them. I have seen dozens of maternity milk bath photos and they are gorgeous. I wondered if a photo like that would be just as gorgeous in my postpartum body," Fortin captioned the photo, which she posted on Instagram. And the results? Definitely beautiful.