Body Image Problems: I Shamed Myself for Gaining Weight While Pregnant

I shamed myself for gaining weight during my second pregnancy.

…just typing that sentence nearly brought tears to my eyes.

In reflecting back on my pregnancy, I’m angry at myself for not fully enjoying that short chapter in my life as much as I should have.

At times, when I rubbed my hands across my body- to explore the new features that comes with pregnancy- I cringed instead of smiled.

Why did I feel this way?

Unlike my first pregnancy, I knew the end game. Every pound that came with the growth of my baby, was another pound that I’d be shamed for postpartum.

I didn’t want to shame myself. I wanted to enjoy every moment of creating life, but sadly almost every time that I looked at myself I was reminded of the hateful comments that I received after delivering my fist son.

Why am I Posting this?

I’m sharing my story for two reasons:

  1. To educate the shamers
  2. To prevent women from feeling this way

Today I am 7 months postpartum and I’m completely in love with my body. I eat what I want & I wear what I want because I no longer believe that the appearance of my body defines who I am.

How did I Rebuild my Confidence?

Creating content for my Instagram account is the main reason that mindset shifted. While attempting to create visuals that aim to empower mothers, I unknowingly empowered myself.

With each post that I shared, I took back control of my mind. Instead of letting society continue to brainwash me, I decided to teach myself new standards.

Today, when I feel uncomfortable in my skin, I force myself to figure out why I feel that way. Typically, all of my insecurities stem from society’s dated, unrealistic expectations for what a beautiful person looks like.

Closing

You are beautiful as is

Everything about you is beautiful as is-always has been and always will be. And you’re wrong. I don’t need to see you to know that you don’t need to be fixed.

Thank you for reading my post. If you read all of it, I’m assuming that you’re struggle with body image.

I hope that you’ve heard this many times, but if you haven’t, I’m happy to be the first to tell you:

All bodies are beautiful throughout all stages of life-including yours.

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