Are you familiar with the recent headlines about a mom in Canada who decided to wear a bikini to a beach – and then was ridiculed by some young men for her stretchmarks and less-than-toned tummy?
I think almost any mom can imagine what she is experiencing. I remember being pregnant with Olivia, and a woman who had just given birth confessed to me that the first time she looked into the mirror after delivering the child she cried. The baby bump that had been a source of such pride and amazement for 9 months was suddenly hanging empty. It seemed like an impossible battle to get the stretched out skin back into place.
I was blessed. Right after delivering Olivia I was amazed at what a woman’s body was capable of. I never felt embarrassed or ashamed of my new figure. But I also did not put on a bikini for another 2 years until my stomach was once again toned and tanned. And even then, it was only for our backyard.
After baby #2, things have not returned to their “normal” place. Maybe it’s because I’m so busy chasing around 2 little monkeys that my workouts have not been as intense (or as regular). Maybe it’s because I’m now in my 30’s. (LeBron James is even having a tough time with weight now that he’s 29).
I doubt I ever wear a bikini again. You’re welcome.
I’m OK with being proud of being a mom without participating in #BareYourBelly. However, I really support the many women who are putting themselves out there. Power to them!
What do you think about the movement? Tweet/FB me your #BareYourBelly if you dare! Or share your emotions about why it’s a great sentiment, but you’re are sitting this one out.