Alice on Why Every Mumma Is Beautiful
I believe that every Mumma is beautiful in her own way. I would love to see women embracing the changes that have happened as a result of growing a baby, birthing, labouring and raising a family. There is still so much focus on ‘bouncing back’, fitting back into our jeans and looking like our pregnancy didn’t even happen. We are missing an incredible opportunity to celebrate just how amazing a woman’s body is.
I am proud of my body and what it has achieved. I have grown two beautiful babies. I have grown and stretched through 9 months during pregnancy. I have laboured and birthed my children and I have sustained them and fed them with my own body.
I am a Mumma to two darling little ones, Cruz and Winter Rose. I look at them everyday with proud eyes. This is something I constantly have to remind myself, especially when my “inner mean girl” creeps into my mind faulting my body image every now and then. Now days I am pretty good at shaking her off quickly though. I don’t want my babies to watch their Mum constantly putting herself down. Ever since I gave birth to Cruz I found a new respect and love for my body. I was blown away with what it went through to achieve motherhood. So I decided to go on a journey to find self love and inner peace. I no longer wanted to care about a number on the scales or a size on a dress. I wanted to treat it as if it my best friend with a kind heart and respect.
To me body love is about building a friendship with your body, giving it the respect it needs. Practicing mindfulness, giving it the attention it needs by nourishing it with good foods and plenty of water, resting it when it needs and moving your body accordingly to how it feels that day.
There is so much pressure as to what the perfect postpartum body looks like. The pressure comes from our universe with social media, the shows we watch, glam magazines filled with models that have been done up for hours prior to the shoot. These models are beautiful in their own way, however there is so many different types of women that they should portray and we all have different body shapes, not just the certain body type they promote as the perfect woman. If they use a gorgeous curvier woman too, she is labeled as “plus size” what is that? Seriously she is just a another gorgeous woman doing her thing.
Social media can also have a positive impact on being yourself too and promoting body and self love. There is more people out their showing the real them. No filter and I love that! Keeping it raw and honest.
Being a new mumma is overwhelming at times and we don’t need that extra pressure from society to push us to want to look a certain way. We want to enjoy our babies and feel comfortable and confident doing it.
Love Alice xx