"No Airbrushing Allowed: This Is What A Mother's Body Really Looks Like"
Photographer Jade Beall published an untouched, semi nude, photo of herself in true postpartum form and it was a big hit with other moms. As it should be!
Then other moms started requesting that she take photos of them. These photos are absolutely gorgeous.
When I'm really good shape, I think I resemble the above photo. However, right now I am not in great shape so there is a little extra love in my handles.
I know people who are very self conscious about their post baby body. I also know people who are afraid to have kids solely because they are afraid of what will happen to their body.
I'll admit, I was a little taken aback by my appearance after I had my first child. Throughout my pregnancy I saw stories about celebrities who were back on the red carpet or walking the VS runway within weeks.
Completely unrealistic for the average woman who lives in the real world and actually has to care for her newborn child in the weeks after birth.
The crazy thing is that before I had kids I had horrible body issues. I was never thin and never the "hot one" in my social circles. It wasn't until after I had children (and ran my first marathon!) that I felt like a bad ass with an amazing body. This body can do amazing things. Do you know how many back flips in a row I can do on a trampoline? A lot. Do you know how many miles I can run in a row? So far it's 26. And next May a certain friend (eh-hem-Shanon-eh-hem) and I are planning to do a bare buns run. Somewhere far away where it's impossible to run into anyone we know. Let the liberation continue!
- Hugh Jass