With the array of fit moms taking over Instagram and Facebook, it's easy to forget that pregnancy and childbirth change your body in a million ways. This is something most first-time moms aren't fully prepared for—and a mommy blogger from Australia understands it better than anyone else.
Using a powerful Facebook post, Laura Mazza is showing how tough it can be to accept the unfamiliar changes that come with giving birth. That said, she explains how much better off you are, as a woman, to embrace those changes, rather than getting hung up on them.
"No, this isn't a before and after shot of weight loss," she writes after sharing two photos of herself—one taken before and the other after having kids. "But it is a victory story."
She continues: "On the left, this was my body before kids, stretch marks or scars from belly button piercings. A belly button that was high. A flat stomach. I was always on a diet back then." She then explains the picture on the right as her having "stretch marks [and] a droopy belly button."
Mazza says that it has taken her a while to accept her new body, but that she is totally okay with all the changes motherhood has brought into her life. "I have achieved more with this body [than] I have with my old body," she says. "I've eaten more good foods. I've lived more, I've given more, I've enjoyed more. I've made life. This body should be celebrated and admired."
Read the rest of her post below.
Mazza has received tons of positive feedback, especially from new moms who've felt similarly about their new bodies. From stretch marks to leaky breasts, your body is bound to change after everything it takes to create a new life for nine months! But don't let those hangups take away from feeling great about yourself every single day. You deserve it.