Learning to love your body after baby isn't always easy, but this mama's message will help you put things into perspective.
If her recent Instagram post is any indication, Brittany Craig has perfected the art of celebrating her postpartum body. Craig, who is a mother of four, posted a throwback shot of herself holding her son shortly after his birth. The photo is insanely cute, but the caption is what really got us. The mama got really, really real about her feelings towards her post-baby body, and we couldn't love her message more.
The mom stated that she's "beyond proud" of her body....not because of the way it looks, but because of what it has done over the past 10 years. "I may not be society's idea of sexy, but I have gained 60lbs in 10 months and lost it in 5, FOUR different times!" she captioned the shot, which shows her postpartum belly and utilitarian nursing bra.
I'm posting this for 2 reasons! A: because I mean come oooon, look at that baby 😍😍🤗 Somebody please give me a newborn! 😭 B: Because I am beyond proud of what my body has endured and accomplished in the last 10 years! I may not be societies idea of "sexy", but I have gained 60lbs in 10 months and lost it in 5, FOUR different times! My body has grown and housed 4 human beings 3 of them being over 9 lbs, and somehow delivered them into this world. It's even provided food to nourish them and help them grow. Minus a few rips and tears, hernias, hemorrhoids and stretch marks, my body has done the most miraculous things! And I have a man that thinks I'm sexier now then I've ever been! Don't be ashamed if your body doesn't look like the next, it never will! God made you uniquely you and every BODY is beautiful! #kainhunter #mymoose #fourthtrimesterbodiesproject #4thtrimester #fourthtrimester #postpartum #breastfeeding #childbirth #bodypositivity #stopcensoringmotherhood #motherhood #everyBODYisbeautiful #feminism #selflove #bodylove #fourthtribodies
Craig understands that the stretch marks, loose skin and tearing that can come along with childbirth are nothing compared to the feeling of accomplishment moms feel when they realize they've acted as homes to their babies. "My body has grown and housed 4 human beings 3 of them being over 9 lbs, and somehow delivered them into this world. It's even provided food to nourish them and help them grow," she wrote. "Minus a few rips and tears, hernias, hemorrhoids and stretch marks, my body has done the most miraculous things!"
We know how hard it can be to accept your body when it undergoes these drastic changes, especially since we live in a world that's obsessed with the "bounce back" games of celebrity moms. It's hard not to compare yourself to famous women who shimmy back into bikinis just weeks after they give birth, or to see heavily filtered images on social media without wondering why your own body doesn't look like that in real life—but ultimately, all you can do is what Craig did: Remind yourself of all the amazing things your body has done.
“I just felt I needed to make it very clear that no matter what your body looks like or your race, size, religion, hair color, pant size, or clothing brand, that every body is beautiful and ESPECIALLY mothers!” Craig told The Huffington Post of her decision to post the photo. “We judge ourselves because we don’t lose our weight as fast as our best friend did or because stretch marks and saggy skin aren’t sexy in today’s society, or because we see celebrities who just gave birth and five days later are on the red carpet looking better then we did in junior high...After giving birth everything is out of whack! Your body is an ooey gooey mess. Your hormones are all over the place. It took 10 months for that to happen, and it should take at least 10 for it to go back!”