Women express how they really feel about their bodies post-pregnancy
There are plenty of problems that come along with motherhood. Lots of these issues have to do directly or indirectly with childcare -- whether breastfeeding decisions or single motherhood as a whole plague a new mom, these are issues that can be shared or dealt with dually. You can get advice about breastfeeding, you can ask for help with childcare. That being said, there are often far more psychological effects that go along with new motherhood such as postpartum depression or, in the cases highlighted below, negative body image.
Several new mothers took to Whisper, the popular app that provides an anonymous platform for people to share their most honest thoughts, to discuss how their body images have shifted postpartum.
1. The lack of a pregnant belly doesn't automatically make you feel good about yourself:
2. Even if you're no longer pregnant, you probably don't feel like your same old self, especially right after giving birth:
3. Trying to imagine your body shifting back to what you consider normal for yourself might seem like a faraway feat:
4. Sometimes, things as simple as trusting your partner with your struggles can help solve them:
5. Weight is just a number -- it oftentimes has nothing to do with body positivity:
6. Nothing exacerbates body insecurity like a lack of surrounding support:
7. It's important not to get distracted by what you think others expect from you -- your opinion is the only one that matters:
8. Comparing yourself to others and how their bodies work will not help you with your own body image issues:
9. Some mothers might feel like they are sacrificing their beauty for the love of their children:
10. Never let others tell you that something beautiful of yours is 'ruined':
11. Media might make you think that there is one way to be beautiful -- but that's not true:
12. Your body forever holds the evidence of the miracle you performed:
Want to hear more on body image from new mothers? Check out Whisper!
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