Having kids is an incredible, multifaceted experience. Everything can change – your emotions, your lifestyle – and if your motherhood journey included pregnancy, your body.
It isn’t always easy to come to terms with these changes in your body. Sometimes, you end up looking in the mirror and not recognizing the person staring back at you. This can be all sorts of mind-bending and it can be hard for some of us to learn to embrace the new skin we’re in.
But here’s the thing – just because your body might be different, doesn’t mean it’s worse. Creating life is a beautiful and wonderful thing, and the diversity of our physical form even after baby should be celebrated. You are beautiful and wonderful, and maybe it’s the world that needs a wake-up call when it comes to body acceptance.
The last thing that we should be doing as new moms is beating ourselves up over what we think we should look like. It’s a complicated issue, and probably easier said than done, but in all honesty you are a pretty rad, incredible badass to have created life. You’re amazing!
So here are just 12 tweets from Twitter mamas to remind you that you’re great, and that your body, and the things it has done, are incredible.
12 Tweets To Remind You Just How Amazing Your Mom-Bod Truly Is
1. If you won’t be your own cheerleader, outsource that shit
If you lament that you cannot lose ten pounds to fit into your swimsuit, I’ll be the supportive friend that tells you to just buy a new one.
— Sara Says Stop (@PetrickSara) February 27, 2019
2. I mean, it doesn’t really get more impressive than that
Six-pack abs are great! But my body literally rearranged its organs to bring another life into the world, so maybe my stomach is pretty damn impressive, too
— Salty Mermaid (@Jenn_H_Scott) July 15, 2019
I love my body. It's not perfect but it gave life to two beautiful babies and you should see what it can do to a large order of onion rings.
— Ally (@TragicAllyHere) August 26, 2016
4. Louder for the folks in the back!
You are beautiful.
Stop comparing your body to the way you looked before you had a baby.
Stop comparing yourself to people on social media.
You don’t need to look perfect to be loved.
Motherhood is not a competition.
Start seeing yourself the way others see you. You’re gorgeous.
— silkymamas (@silkymamas) February 24, 2019
5. All natural, celebratory tattoos
Don’t stress about your stretch marks after having kids.
Think of them as bad ass memorabilia tattoos that prove you created a life.
— Snarky Breeders (@snarkybreeders) August 7, 2019
6. This might blow your mind, but it’s true
What if I told you your kids don’t care what you look like in a swimsuit, they just want you to play in the water with them
— Salty Mermaid (@Jenn_H_Scott) May 29, 2019
7. All hail the next generation!
My 12yo daughter told me today my stretch marks are pretty because they're evidence of life and I'm thinking this world might just be ok.
— Outnumbered (@outnumbrd4kids) June 7, 2019
8. Remember what they’re seeing
Love your body.
Wear the bikini.
Show your kids that confidence is way more beautiful than six pack abs.
— Scary Mommy (@ScaryMommy) June 24, 2018
9. Be happy where you are
Do I have the perfect summer beach body? No.
But am I working hard to attain the perfect summer beach body? Also no.
— MyQuestionableLife (@2questionable) April 13, 2017
10. Next stop, beach fun!
Is my beach body ready?
☑️ has jiggliness
☑️ has cellulite
☑️ has scars
☑️ has stretch marks
☑️ has wrinkles
☑️ has funky toes
☑️ is coated in a thick shmear of creamy white sunscreen
☑️ just ate nachos
YEP. All ready!
— Kim Bongiorno (@LetMeStart) June 6, 2018
11. I mean, she’s not wrong
Listen, moms…don't worry about how you look in a swimsuit, if your kids misbehave enough no one will be judging your appearance.
— Sara Says Stop (@PetrickSara) March 7, 2017
12. PRETTY BADASS
Sometimes, I feel bad about my body but then I remember I kept a human alive using only my tits for like 6 months & that's pretty savage.
— Valerie (@ValeeGrrl) August 10, 2016
So remember to give yourself credit for the person that you are beyond appearances. Although it can be hard these days to wade through all the bullshit that’s telling us we aren’t enough, true happiness comes from a place of love. This includes loving yourself.
You are a mother, and there isn’t much stronger than that. You are beautiful, wonderful, and your body did incredible things. Give yourself some props for that!