From the moment a woman becomes pregnant her body begins to change. It changes in ways that can only be described as miraculous. Yet, once they give birth many women try and change their body back to their pre-pregnancy days. While there are hundreds of postpartum workouts that can help to improve a mother’s health, there’s nothing more healthy than embracing the body that gave life to another human being.
Janene Crossley is a blogger and mother of four. The mother from Texas is also a strong believer in working out during your pregnancy and after giving birth. Although she shows off the benefits of working out on both her blog and social media accounts, a recent post highlights an issue that is far too common.
There’s no reason to be ashamed of a post-pregnancy body.
One day Crossley’s five-year-old daughter gave her an honest opinion about her stomach, which had just recently carried her youngest child for nine months and three children before that.
“It feels like bubble gum!” the little girl yelled out as she twisted the skin on her mom’s stomach in her tiny hands.
Rather than scold her daughter for making such a comment, she shared what she called a “ridiculous, unflattering open-mouth pic” on Instagram and explained her hopes and wishes for her daughters.
“This belly of mine will forever share my story.”
She goes on to explain that no matter how marked up her daughters’ bodies may be from whatever inevitable changes their bodies face, she hopes they always feel confident.
“I’m feeling 100% proud of this post-partum body, with its jelly abs and shriveled up skin,” she wrote. It’s because of what has now become “crepe-paper skin” and a sore chest that she was able to become a mother to four children.
Although now Crossley is content with her body, she wasn’t always that way.
The mother admits to Metro that prior to having her first child she used to be critical about obtaining a perfect body. But once she saw what her body was capable of doing, her mindset changed. The post on Instagram garnered so many positive reactions from her audience that she said it has encouraged her to be even more open and vulnerable.
“I wanted other women to feel inspired to love the new skin that made them mothers,” Crossley told Metro.
Although Crossley’s Instagram post is directed towards her daughters, we can all learn a lesson from it. No matter if your skin has dozens of stretch marks or is silky smooth, there’s no need to feel ashamed of it.