25 April 2022

Motherhood and Body Image

Motherhood has such a profound impact on body image. One moment you feel like a deflated balloon and the next you feel like a goddess who has created life and is now oozing sex appeal and confidence.

After going through a long and arduous period of feeling the former, I am now happily rejoicing in living the latter. I feel great. In fact I feel better than great, I feel invincible.

Don’t get me wrong, I still have low moments. Things are far from perfect but I am working on it. I make better food choices, I drink my water, I exercise… but I don’t do this because I hate my body and I am desperate to change it. No, my motivation comes from a place of love and compassion. I feel awe and admiration for this body of mine that has managed to grow and birth my beautiful son. The same body who nourished him exclusively for 10 whole months. The body who has survived on minimal sleep and has been pushed to the edges of madness and exhaustion. This body… wow. This body is amazing. And it deserves to be taken care of.

I deserve to be taken care of. Physically, emotionally and spiritually.

I deserve to eat good nutritious food. I deserve to carve the perfect version of my body through exercise. I deserve to relax wholly. I deserve this.

And let me tell you something, when you shift your perspective and you look at yourself from this stance, amazing things begin to happen. You begin to love yourself, truly and deeply. You begin to treat yourself better and you begin to expect others to treat you better. Other people’s opinions become background noise, an easily ignored hum. When you focus on you, you grow.

So go and grow, feel amazing. You deserve it.

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