I Sacrificed My Body to Make Room for You

The world tends to put a lot of pressure on moms. There are a lot of opinions out there on the best ways to care, feed, and nurture our children. We are constantly being bombarded with unrealistic ideals of not only what we should be doing as a parent, but also how we are supposed to look.

Oftentimes, I see a lot of shame surrounding the messages associated with the changes motherhood causes our bodies. I remember letting them affect me during my first pregnancy, and it definitely added to the strain of recovery afterwards. During my second pregnancy, I gained confidence in my motherhood, and recognized that those changes, the price I paid to bring my babies into the world, were a symbol of my strength!

At 20 weeks pregnant with our third, I recognized the beauty in one of those changes: my stretch marks. I wrote about it on Her View From Home website. “Yes I stretched, but for what? To make room. I stretched to make room for a whole human I love with my whole heart.” Click here to read more from that piece.

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