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Sunday, August 1, 2010

change the way you see not the way you look





Caitlin of Healthy Tipping Point and Operation Beautiful has requested bloggers to write about body image. Please visit her blog so you too can give your perspective on an important topic.


Here is my submission:


My New Skin-Loving Your Body After Pregnancy


Being self conscious and critical is nothing new to me, but the biggest battle has been learning to love my body after having my daughter. It is a known fact that your body changes after pregnancy, how could it not. But, like parenthood, you do not truly understand what this means until you experience it face on.
Each of us have a unique view of what we would like our bodies to look like. More times than not, it is created based on images we are fed through the media and society. The result is often making decisions to measure up to what we think we are supposed to look like instead of loving ourselves for the skin we are in.
While it was a true honor to have been able to carry Bean for 9 months, and one I would never have given up, learning to love my "new skin" is a process. I am very lucky to have a wonderful husband who reminds me that these changes represent something beautiful and he finds me more beautiful because of these changes. I too am learning that these changes make me more beautiful than I was yesterday.

Thank you Caitlin for the opportunity to write a post that is dear to my heart.


7 comments:

Nobel4Lit said...

Beautiful post. Your Husband is definitely a gold star! I hope to be as lucky as to have a supportive partner when my time comes who finds beauty in love and not the other way around. You're amazing!

Lauren said...

Thank you for the wonderful compliment! When it happens it is worth it, but don’t take it for granted. My best to you.

Angie All The Way said...

I'm due any day now and I already think about this part of it and how much growth takes place becoming a mother. It truly is all beautiful. Thanks for your post :-)

Lauren said...

Angie congratuations! How exciting!!!! Do you know if it is a boy or girl? Motherhood has been one the biggest gifts I have been given in my life. I welcome you with open hands to the "club."

Kelly Winn said...

Great post :) It's important to remember that body image problems go way beyond our teenage years, especially when we are faced with new challenges like having a baby. I'm glad your daughter will have a mom with a healthy body image to look up to and a Dad who supports her mom and her :)

Mrs. Muffins said...

Great post. I have a little girl myself. Learning to love my new body is not easy but I couldn't be more motivated. She makes me want to be a healthier, happier person :)

Lauren said...

Kelly-Thank you for reading my post. You are correct body image problems do not just go away once we leave our teenage years. That is my goal for my daughter.

Mrs. Muffin-Thank you! Aren't little girls the BEST!!!! I appreciate the challenge you face. I couldn't agree more.

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