This is a message to all the followers who started following me or want to follow me simply because my body looks good. I have news for you.
Today, 4 months ago, I gave birth to a baby boy. This is us on his first trip to the beach.
This boy is my world. Being a single mom isn’t easy but he is the light of my life and I can honestly say I’m proud to be his mother.
Going back to my thirsty followers. As you may or may not realize, pregnancy changes a woman’s body. In my case, I gained over 100 lbs and after recovering fully, lost about 70 lbs. All that in the span of a year. You know what that does to the human body? If you don’t know, you’re in luck. I’m going to show you.
I’m not apologizing for the crappy webcam quality of the photos either.
I have stretch marks. God do I have stretch marks. My boobs are uneven and a little saggy from breastfeeding. My hips are significantly wider. I have a bit of flappy skin on my stomach. I have rolls when I bend at my waist.
Ladies and gentlemen,
I am beautiful
I stand before the internet in my bikini bottoms and a sports bra and expose what I was ashamed of for too long: my real body.
If you can’t stand to see skin that has stretched to accommodate a rapidly growing human being for 40 weeks, unfollow me. If you can’t handle my love for my uneven breasts that readily supply vital nutrients to my baby, unfollow me. If you can’t accept my body the way I have learned to accept it, unfollow me.
You only have one body in this world. You’re the one who lives with it all. the. time. Your body works so hard to keep you alive. It may not live up to your expectation of perfect but damnit, it’s trying. It’s trying every day and every night to keep you here and to keep you healthy to the best of it’s abilities.
I am tired, so tired of seeing people being torn apart for loving their body. I hope that these photos help others see the importance of loving yourself.