This Is Postpartum With Meg Boggs

Instagram is a photo-driven platform, and most of the #momlife images we see are of thin women. When I came across Meg Bogg’s feed, a plus size woman sharing authentic messages about motherhood, I was hooked!

Meg joins my podcast to share her motherhood journey that led to her Instagram fame. She talks about her plus size pregnancy, 30-hour birth, becoming an Instagram Influencer, and the awe-inspiring This Is Postpartum project.

 

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This Is Postpartum launched on September 8th, 2018. Meg invited twenty mom bloggers, including yours truly, to bare our bellies, and talk openly about postpartum.

As Meg shares, “Let’s stand up. Let’s embrace our postpartum bodies together. Whether you’re plus size, full of loose skin, stretch marked up or scarred. All of it is postpartum. All of it counts. All of it means something. Because all of it is part of you. And you, mama, are worthy.”

Watch the powerful video below and at the end of this post, you’ll see all twenty images of the moms who participated in This Is Postpartum. And, of course, be sure to listen to Meg’s Plus Mommy Podcast interview! 

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Resources Mentioned On The Show

  • Meg Boggs can be found via her website, Instagram and Facebook.
  • See all 20 of the images from the This Is Postpartum project below Meg’s bio. Join this movement by taking your own image and sharing it via Instagram with the hashtag #This_Is_Postpartum.

Meg Boggs, This Is Postpartum

I’m Meghan, wife to a funny, handsome husband and mama to our beautiful daughter Maci. My family and I live in the hot and sunny Dallas/Fort Worth area. I’m a stay at home mom who loves to workout, write and express myself. I blog about motherhood, marriage, self-love, wellness and everything in between.

 

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#this_is_postpartum . A few months ago, I posted a postpartum photo similar to this for the very first time. It was the most terrifying thing for me, and it definitely had backlash. I just wanted to feel comfortable in my own skin, even though I had online strangers telling me to stop blaming being fat on postpartum. I just wanted to be the person that I needed to see while at my lowest of lows as I entered the postpartum reality. And the truth is, I felt very alone in what I was sharing as a plus size mother. I quickly realized why moms like me weren’t sharing about this topic openly on social media. So even though I knew there would be criticism, I knew it was important for me, and for others like me, to share my story. And to post the photos and talk about this. Because this is postpartum. . Towards the beginning of the summer, I started thinking about reaching out to other mothers and asking them to share with me. Asking mothers of every size and shape to stand up with me and to show that not all of our experiences are the same. We aren’t doing this alone. And today, those strong mothers are standing up. We are sharing our stories. Some of us for the very first time and some of us for the hundredth time. But every time is meaningful. Our journey is meaningful. Every part of our postpartum experience is normal and we all fall on to some part of its wide spectrum. So today, and from now on, let’s share. Let’s stand up. Let’s embrace our postpartum bodies together. Whether you’re plus size, full of loose skin, stretch marked up or scarred. All of it is postpartum. All of it counts. All of it means something. Because all of it is part of you. And you, mama, are worthy. . For the entire project, find the link in my bio and in my stories to the video for This Is Postpartum. Use the hashtag #this_is_postpartum and share your story. Be a part of the project and join the mission to help change the narrative of postpartum bodies. #esto_es_posparto . This is postpartum, and so is this (swipe to continue the loop) 👉🏼 @thefortintrio. . Tee: @themomculture

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#this_is_postpartum When I found out I was pregnant with triplets I remember scrolling through pictures of other triplet moms before and after pictures wondering how much my body would change. Would I have stretch marks? Would I ever feel comfortable in my own skin again? Would I hate my post baby body? • The truth Is my body changed.It changed a lot. I may have “bounced back” (whatever that really means), but my body is not the same, I am not the same. Everything changed. • There comes a point in our postpartum journeys where we have a choice to make. Will you choose to embrace your wounds and love your body for the miracle it did to bring life into this world OR will you be your biggest critic constantly feeding yourself lies about your new body? The reality is in order for us to fully embrace our postpartum bodies we must change our perspective and how we see ourselves. • Yes, my body has changed. Yes, it has taken time for me to feel beautiful, strong, sexy, and confident in this new body. But I prayed for these wounds. I longed for these tiger stripes. There was a time during my infertility where I would have had c-sections over and over just to have a baby in my arms. When I look at my hope wounds I will remember the other women out there waiting, hoping, wishing for the same kind of hope wounds. I will choose to embrace them for what they are because they are apart of my story and brought me my miracles. • My friends @th3littlestavenger and @thebirdspapaya said it perfectly “This, what I am holding in my hands, is a result of my successes.” • Whoever you are and wherever you are in your postpartum journey, always remember you’re beautiful, your body is amazing, and your a great mama. This is postpartum, and so is this: @she_plusfive (swipe and tap to see her story) Tee: @themomculture #thebump #teamSELF #selflove #postpartum #motherhood #pregnantandperfect #inspirepregnancy #fitmomsofig #pregnantchicken #ig_motherhood #birthbecomesher #stopcensoringmotherhood #aheadofthecurve #bodypositivity #csection #scars #LoveAnyBody #postpartumbody #fitness #loveyourself #postpartumdepression #tummytuck #triplets #birthwithoutfear #nonairbrushedme

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#this_is_postpartum When I look at myself in the mirror all I see is loose skin, stretch marks, leaking breasts, untamed hair, and many other “flaws” I stand there and I criticize myself, I feel shame, I feel ugly, I feel lonely, and I feel depressed. • But not today! • Today I will look at myself in the mirror and I will see my body for what’s its done. That loose skin and all those stretch marks are beautiful reminders of the changes my body went through to create life within me. Those leaking breasts are a beautiful reminder of the babies I am sustaining and keeping alive with my milk. The untamed hair is a beautiful reminder that I am doing everything I possibly can to care for my little humans. • Today I am showing my postpartum body. Today I embrace the chaos that comes with mothering five children. Today I encourage you to love yourself in ways that you’ve never loved yourself before. • Because this is postpartum, and so is this 👉🏼@eliseknowles (swipe to read her story) • • • • • • Cuando me miro en el espejo, todo lo que veo es piel flácida, estrías, cicatrices, fluido lactante, pelo rebelde y puros "defectos" Parada frente a mi reflejo no paro de criticarme, me da vergüenza mi cuerpo, me siento fea, sola, y deprimida. • ¡Pero no hoy! • Hoy me veré en el espejo y observare mi cuerpo por lo que a hecho. Esa piel suelta y todas esas estrías son hermosos recordatorios de los cambios que mi cuerpo experimentó para crear vida dentro de mí. Mi cicatriz me recuerda mis dos partos por cesárea y mis tres partos naturales sin medicamento. Esos senos hinchados son un bello recordatorio de los bebés que estoy alimentando y manteniendo con vida gracias a la leche materna. Este pelo rebelde es un hermoso recordatorio de que estoy haciendo todo lo posible por cuidar a mis hijos. • Hoy les muestro mi cuerpo posparto. Hoy celebro el caos que acompaña al ser madre de cinco pequeños. Y hoy te animo a ti también a que te ames de una manera en las que jamás te has amado antes.• Porque esto es posparto, y también esto lo es 👉🏼 @eliseknowles – desliza para leer su historia, comparte tu propia historia de posparto usando #this_is_postpartum #esto_es_posparto

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#this_is_postpartum . I’ve been struggling to accept my postpartum body for 2,018 days. The vessel that carried & birthed 3 children, nourished them inside & out. I should love it but most days I hate it. I look in the mirror, stretched skin & thighs with cellulite stare back. I don’t know why I care, in reality these things hold no power, no one’s bothered or judges me based on these. The truth is I’ve never been “body positive”, I have suffered from eating disorders & body image issues forever. I have daily battles in my head over my looks & it‘s all too much. What’s funny is that when I’m pregnant none of these exist. I adore my blossoming body, I feel most comfortable sporting a bump. I take delight knowing my skin is stretching to accommodate new life. You’d think that with all that self-love & positivity during pregnancy I’d be able to give my postpartum body the grace it deserves, no it’s not that easy; when the bump is gone all my positivity goes too. Why is this? Now 14 months postpartum baby number 3 I have come to realise holding this negativity inside is so draining, it’s such a burden & is doing nothing for my mental health, self-esteem or confidence so I’ve been working hard to change my perspective. It’s not easy, like anything days are harder than others, it’s a work in progress. Sometimes I spend hours critically analysing myself in the mirror highlighting my flaws, but there are days where I look at myself & say; “You’re amazing, your body is amazing. It has given you 3 children. It has fed them & held them. Don’t let your mind bully your body, YOUR body tells YOUR story”. I’ve also realised there is much more to life than worrying about my weight & I want to experience that. So yes, it’s a work in progress but I’m trying & with other inspirational women sharing their stories I feel confident that the stigma of “normal postpartum” can be lifted & women like myself struggling to accept will see their bodies in all their glory as being beautiful. After all, that is how my children see me, that is how my husband sees me, so it’s time I saw myself that way too. . #this_is_postpartum & so is this @katiemcrenshaw (swipe to continue the loop).

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👆🏻#this_is_postpartum👇🏻 • Listen. There are a lot of things that suck about postpartum. I won't mince words. Sleep becomes a distant memory, your body aches in new ways and in new places, and the "new you" feels like an unwelcome stranger. Drastic hormone shifts cause emotional instability and a host of physical manifestations. Adding a new human to the family, whether it's the tenth or the first, creates a new dynamic and introduces a major learning curve into a household. There is never enough rest. There is never enough help. • Mounting pressures from society reverberate in our mind to "lose the baby weight", "get our body back", or get into our old jeans ASAP. We compare our pilgrimage to other mothers, feeling inadequate when they publicly celebrate their parenting wins and quick recoveries. Postpartum is a breeding ground for shame and insecurity. • Hear me, mama. The journey looks different for everyone. While it's true that some people have a very easy transition into motherhood and instantly love their new body, it is the minority. I promise. Your new normal might feel uncomfortable, scary, and heartbreaking at times. This is normal. This is postpartum. • I'm asking you today for a favor. I'm asking you to look in the mirror. Promise me you'll get to know the woman in the reflection, little by little, day by day. Acknowledge her. Appreciate her. Value her. Respect her. Don't push her to look a certain way or achieve things on anyone else's timeline. Feel free not to fall in love with all the new rolls and wrinkles and thin hair and sun spots, but, respect them. They are simply the physical evidence of surviving the most intense and incredible process that a human being is afforded, and THAT is something to be proud of. • #this_is_postpartum & so is this @moderndaywonderland (head to her profile to follow the loop). #esto_es_posparto

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#this_is_postpartum 4 years ago this month, I found out I was pregnant for the first time. I eagerly embraced my constantly changing body over the next 9 months, as it stretched and expanded the way nature intended it to. . A few weeks after welcoming our beautiful child into this world, I remember looking in the mirror and crying over the way I looked. Being so hard on myself because in my head I wasn't 'bouncing back’ as fast as the women being celebrated on magazine covers. . It took many long talks from a very supportive husband to remind me that this body has done incredible things. That carrying a child and bringing them into the world is the most beautiful thing a woman's body can do, and that is what should be celebrated. . So to the mama looking in the mirror wondering how long it will take to 'bounce back’ I want to say, stop being so hard on yourself. You are beautiful, you are strong, and that beautiful baby looking up at you loves every curve, scar, and stretch mark that helped bring them into this world! ♥️ . Mamas, this is postpartum, and so is this @themanifestingmamma

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. #this_is_postpartum . I suppose it stemmed from all of the subliminal messages I would see in the media growing up. I would see and hear of women “bouncing back” so quickly after childbirth. I presumed that it was just something you’re expected to do, lose the baby weight and in a short amount of time. I had this idea in my head that women are supposed to look a certain way and if they don’t, then they’re “letting themselves go” . As someone who was already tipping the scales towards obesity, I felt an insurmountable pressure to lose the baby weight on top of my pre-existing weight gain, all shortly after giving birth. I resorted to dieting once again, something that has proven to fail me time and time again in the past. And although I knew it didn’t work before, I hoped dearly that maybe this time it would stick . But it didn’t. I lost 30 pounds, but I gained it all back. And more. And while I like to think of myself as a reasonable and intelligent person, my brain still processed my postpartum body as shameful though I knew deep down it was okay. I felt like a failure. I held myself to such a high standard that society put in place that isn’t realistic . We need to change the narrative. We should rewrite it to say that whatever state your body is in after birth is o-k-a-y. The way we look is the last thing we want to worry about when we have a beautiful new life that we’ve just created with these amazing bodies we have. My tummy may look like I’m pregnant these days, but it harvested my pride and joy for 9 whole months, and I would do it again in a heartbeat. This is postpartum, and so is this @lizdean

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#this_is_postpartum Learning to love my postpartum body has been a journey. All through highschool and college I was always obsessed with working out and keeping my body toned up. – After I had Rainier, between working full time and balancing the guilt of being away from my baby so much during working hours, I would focus on spending time with him during his waking hours instead of doing things for myself. I struggled to keep my fitness routine up while also juggling baby. – Then, early last year I was in a ski accident which left me unable to participate in physical activities for months. When I was finally cleared to do things again, my body was weak and I was too pregnant. Then came Theodore and here we are a year later juggling two kids. – I've talked about my struggles with my mind, let alone my body. I've had such a hard time balancing it all. Life, work, relationships, KIDS…. so I'm definitely not in the same fitness shape I was before my first kid. For the first time in my life, I can literally grab my belly and or use it as a cushion for baby to sit on. It's not what I'm used to but to be honest, lately I've learned to embrace it but am also trying to make time for my body. – I'm just absolutely amazed at what this body has gone through. It really is beautiful. It's given life to two human beings and fed them for much of their first few months/year into their life. This body has done remarkable things and I'm learning to love it along the way. I am beautiful even if I'm not perfectly toned and rocking my college days body. I am me. I am mom. I am wife. I am entrepreneur. I am juggling it all. – When I was asked to join this project I was in awe of this amazing loop of beautiful mommas. Please consider joining this project with me and the other inspiring mamas who’ve participated thus far! Use the tag #this_is_postpartum and post your own photo and story to join the movement in celebrating the variations of postpartum normal and how all postpartum bodies are beautiful and deserving of celebration. Because THIS is postpartum. And so is this – @plusmommy swipe to see her and then go visit her page to read her postpartum experience and follow the loop).

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#this_is_postpartum: Long before becoming a mother I had a round belly and stretch marks. Once I got pregnant, it was clear my journey to motherhood looked different than all the pregnancy magazines. My pregnant belly was shaped more like a B than a D. I kept waiting at each prenatal visit for my body to fail me because everything I read online told me it would. As my pregnancy progressed, and my belly grew, so did my belief in my body. After giving birth to my son, I found a love for my imperfect body that can do extraordinary things! I can no longer hate myself even though I exist in a body society can't accept. I love my postpartum body unapologetically! . From physical changes to mental health struggles, postpartum looks different for every mother. We need to change the narrative of postpartum to one where a family is nurtured and supported…where all bodies are celebrated and mental health isn't stigmatized. Join me and 20 other mothers of all shapes and sizes to say THIS IS POSTPARTUM! Swipe to see the next mom's photo and then go to her profile to read her story. There's also a powerful video linked within my bio. You can participate by taking your own #this_is_postpartum photo! . ❤️ When we stand together, we create change! 👉 This is postpartum and so is this @carleebyoga

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#this_is_postpartum .. and so is this (swipe left) @astoldbymama Postpartum can best be described , for me, as a wormhole into another realm called, Motherhood. In this wormhole, you are : changing shapes, not recognizing yourself anymore, having out of body experiences, spinning wildly through reality check after reality check, testing all your limitations, exploring new possibilities, trying on many different hats, questioning everything you know, finding unimaginable love. While feeling every feeling you've ever known and some you just discovered. Sometimes all at once. Other times, leaping from one extreme to another, and back again. When you get through this wormhole of post partum, it tosses you out (biggest understatement ever) , into this new land , Motherhood, that no one has ever returned from. Where you are then promptly handed a beautifully drawn picture (because its unrealistic) of a well-kept , sane-looking woman and ushered on your way to explore the new world with a group of either helpful people who will tell you you're doing great no matter what you choose (😂) , or a divided group who is at constant war over who is right, or no one at all. Oh, and did I forget to mention that you are responsible for teaching and growing that perfect little specimen into the next leader of that world? Good luck out there! May you realize the luxury of your own thoughts and choose them wisely 🧘🏼‍♀️ Join the movement , post your story and tag #thisispostpartum See all the stories , swipe left and see @astoldbymama then follow the tags, and visit the creator of this @meg.boggs to see the video.

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#this_is_postpartum . . Messy buns, hair regrowth, needy babies… This is all postpartum but there is always more to what a photo can show. Let’s be real postpartum is rough. Aside from the sleepless nights and your kid(s) needing your attention 24/7 you have the stretch marks, the extra weight, the hair loss, and the deflated boobs. . . It’s hard…Once having this thin and scar free body then 9 months later you wake up completely different. I’ve dealt with depression and anxiety after giving birth and I think the physical struggles of postpartum definitely make it worse. As a mom you just want to be the best for your kids. You want to give them the best all while being at your best. . . No one ever wants to talk about the postpartum body and to be honest I didn’t want to take a photo showing my stomach. I didn’t want to take a photo showing my crazy postpartum hair. It was embarrassing to me. But you know what? Why should I be embarrassed? Why should I feel the need to hide? You see that beauty next to me in this photo? The body that I was so embarrassed about carried her and her brother each for nine months. . . This is me as a mother. The best title out there. The most rewarding job. We shouldn’t feel pressured into being back to our pre-pregnancy weight. We shouldn’t feel pressured into looking like this perfect Barbie either. We are not who we were before kids. We are mothers. Strong, beautiful mothers. We are warriors and our body is the proof. Love it, it gave you the best miracles of your life! ❤️ . . Please consider joining this project with me and the other inspiring mamas who’ve participated thus far! Use the tag #this_is_postpartum and post your own photo and story to join the movement in celebrating the variations of postpartum normal and how all postpartum bodies are beautiful and deserving of celebration. Because THIS is postpartum. And so is this – @thebluegrassmom(swipe to see her and then go visit her page to read her postpartum experience and follow the loop)

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I am so happy to be part of the #this_is_postpartum loop. This postpartum journey is so different for all of us. Physically and mentally. The physical changes are a lot and I was quite sad about it after my first. I had always been in great shape because I worked hard and exercised a lot and ate healthy. But no matter the amount of exercise during pregnancy my body still changed. But I was determined to get my body back in the best shape. I worked hard and a year later was happy with a body that actually grew stronger. Here I am on the second go around and 5 months postpartum. I work out 3 days a week and run between 10-15 miles. My body is no where where I want it to be but I’m happy with my progress. My body will never look like it did before two kids but I’m ok with that because I know that though it’s different it is still strong and capable of so much. . . Follow the I AM POSTPARTUM loop and check out my friends postpartum perspective @simplelivingfolks . . . #fivemonthspostpartum #postpartumfitness #postpartumbody #igmom #toddlermom #takebackpostpartum #magicofchildhood #momlifeisthebestlife #our_everyday_moments #boymom #motherhoodunplugged #momlife #momswithcameras #cameramama #photographer #kidsofinstagram #childhoodunplugged #mommyblogger #kentucky #igerslouisville #kentuckyblogger #dearestviewfinder #ourcandidlife #the_sugar_jar #teammotherly #parenthood_moments #childrenseemagic#childhoodeveryday#treasuringlittlememories

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#this_is_postpartum: I cannot say that I am plus size because of my pregnancies and I can’t even say that all the stretch marks on my belly, breasts and thighs are because of growing babies (although that definitely contributed). I was plus size before I became pregnant and I had stretch marks before pregnancy too. . I think this is the reason I used to struggle to feel I “deserved” to embrace or be proud of my postpartum body. We still have such a long way to go as a society in accepting that the bodies of overweight women deserve to be seen and not hidden away and we live in a culture that makes it hard for overweight women to be proud of anything their body has done. . I don’t accept those limitations for my body or my pride. This body has grown and birthed three human beings in a five year period and no matter what I weighed before or after those babies, that is INCREDIBLE. Behind this belly is a womb that has created life three times! . And the person inside this body is here to tell you today that there are no boundaries and limitations to how a postpartum body “should” look. There’s no exceptions to what kind of postpartum body should be honored and celebrated. If you have carried a baby, then your body is postpartum, and you deserve to be proud of it! . Plus size postpartum bodies ARE postpartum bodies and they’re just as beautiful as everyone else’s and the miracle of what they’ve done is just as deserving of our awe. THIS is postpartum. Please consider joining our movement and using the #this_is_postpartum hashtag to post your own photo and share your journey. YOUR postpartum body is beautiful And so is – @emmy__liz (swipe to see her photo and go to her profile to read her story and continue the loop)

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#thisispostpartum Did you hate that part of you before someone told you that you should? I want to be a good role model for Lola & luka and show them that fitness and living healthy can be fun without having to restrict anything. I have no desired dress size or weight, as numbers mean nothing — it’s all about how you feel. And I love my body as it is now. That includes every last inch. I love my stretch marks and my c-section scar, I have truly embraced my whole self and I’ve never been happier with the way my body looks. Everyone has their own ‘imperfections’ and there’s nothing imperfect about them — they make us unique. They tell a story. This is postpartum and so is @lovetheprosas ————————————— I hope everyone has a beautiful Friday! Don’t forget to shake what your baby gave ya! • • #postpartum #selflove #bodypositive #motherhood

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#this_is_postpartum if i could go back in time and talk to my pre pregnancy self, i would say your body’s about to change and that’s ok. i’d tell myself that there will be marks left on your body that you’ll carry longer than the child growing in your womb. and that’s ok. i’d say that the “baby weight” sometimes stays long after your child has left the baby stage. and that’s ok. i’d tell myself your body parts will look different, your skin will be less firm, you'll sometimes pee a little when you sneeze (HA!) and guess what? that’s ok. i have hated this body of mine for decades because i felt it wasn’t good enough. i've spent countless nights awake counting calories & downloading weight loss apps. i have been ashamed that i’d “let myself go”. i have looked at celebrities who seem to race to the finish line of “bouncing back” after having kids and i’ve felt worthless because i couldn’t live up to that. it’s unfortunate that women are pressured to get their bodies back to what they were pre-pregnancy. it’s a shame to me that almost immediately after birthing our children, people around us are waiting for us to lose the weight. we're sold waist trainers to force that tummy to get back to "normal". we’re advised on the latest weight loss pills, teas & shakes… we are given stretch mark removal creams and there are plastic surgeons BANKING on that body shame by creating the “mommy makeover”- an all in one surgery including tummy tucks, liposuction and breast lifts – as to erase all evidence that we have created a human being. For what? To be accepted? To be deemed attractive by our peers? Is that what is most important to us as human beings? No thanks. See, i know all of this now. but i needed to know it then. back when i was ashamed of my body. and because i can’t tell my younger self these things. i’m telling you. in hopes that it resonates with you- so you can believe that you are strong. capable. you are badass. and you are enough. #this_is_postpartum, and so is this @thegarciadiaries (head to her page to see her #this_is_postpartum story. continue through the loop of amazing women who’ve also joined this movement) bra & undie set😍: @knixwear

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#this_is_postpartum . This is postpartum in all it’s glory. Soaked nursing bra, naked newborn (bc blowout), matted hair. Cellulite and stretch marks and rolls on rolls. This is me. 6 weeks after delivering Bronx. 2.5 years after Deuce. 4 years after Harlym. And 5 years after Brooklynn. . Instagram is filled with pretty photos, captions with inspirational quotes, a highlight reel of people’s lives. What if we all showed the real and raw side of motherhood and postpartum? Would we feel less alone? This is my real: • I’m constantly tired. Most days, it feels like my body is failing me. • I can’t remember shit. On the phone with the kids’ doctor a few weeks ago, I couldn’t remember Harlym’s birthday. Like I actually could not remember the date and had to look it up. • At least once a day, I lock myself in the bathroom and cry because my toddlers are evil. • I’m lucky if I shower once every three days. • I wake up every morning in a puddle of breast milk because my letdown is so intense. • Nothing pisses me off more than my husband saying, “I think the baby is hungry” 10 minutes after I finish nursing. • I haven’t lost a single pound since giving birth, even though my baby weighed 7lbs 10oz. 🤔 • I binge eat while breastfeeding (those cravings tho) and tend to gain a lot of weight. I feel less than when I hear about mamas who lose a ton of weight while breastfeeding & when I hear about mamas who are back to their pre-pregnancy size within a few months of giving birth. • My anxiety is 100x worse after giving birth. For months. I take 100mg of Zoloft and even that doesn’t help much the first few months postpartum. THIS is postpartum. This is me, sharing all of these things that I wouldn’t have had the confidence to share if not for this beautiful movement. When I was asked to participate in this movement, I was immediately inspired and in awe of all the incredible women surrounding me. Women of all sizes, ethnicities, backgrounds. All these mamas on a journey of self love – all of us navigating this postpartum period together. Changing the narrative of postpartum, one story at a time. Head to @lifeasagriffin to read her #this_is_postpartum story. ✨ #esto_es_posparto

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#this_is_postpartum Are you ready for a little vulnerability? This is so hard to do because with social media you are judged from every single angle + every time I open up there is always some form of negativity {even though the positive far outweighs the negative – I’d be lying if I said those rude comments don’t hurt a little} But here it goes – There was a period of time where I can honestly say I didn’t love myself. I hated the way I looked. I hated the way I felt. I was completely insecure with who I was and had even lost sight of who I wanted to be or what I wanted to accomplish in life. I felt as if everything I did was wrong + a complete failure After being pregnant with our first, I went through some pretty dark times. I put on a mask and mastered covering it up, but there were some nights I simply cried on the side of our bed. Poor Brandon probably thought I was crazy woman & wondered what he’d gotten himself into Fast forward 8+ years and 3 kids later – I no longer want to care what “the world” thinks. I no longer strive to be who my previous self thought “they” want I’m working hard to love myself along with my imperfections + just work to become my best self These 3 little minions are constantly watching + learning from my example They see me look in the mirror and scrutinize every flaw + imperfection And I have to ask myself this question Is this the kind of self love that I want them to have for themselves OR am I doing the exact opposite Some days insecurities want to sneak in and continue to tell me that I’m not good enough, I’m not working hard enough, I’m never going to be perfect or look the way so-and-so does — no matter how many hours in the gym But I’m working on it, I’m working on me. I’m allowing myself to work on becoming better while embracing my flaws and imperfections. I still have such a long way to go but I am a momma to 3 of the most perfect creations & for that I can celebrate THIS is postpartum. And so is this 👉@chasingmcallisters

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#this_is_postpartum #esto_es_posparto This wasn't an easy photo for me to take. I’m in recovery from negative self-talk and an eating disorder. My tummy was my 'problem area'; I obsessed about its flatness. Whether size 2 or 12, or how small my jeans size got, I hated my stomach–yes, hated. •I could tell you about the years I spent resenting my body, specifically my belly. How I’d wake up, go to the mirror, lift my shirt and begin criticizing; a narrative that would echo in my head all day. I could tell you how I pinched at the inch(es) that separated skin from muscle, and how I spent hours at the gym not out of self-care, but as a punishment to my body for simply being… a body. I could describe the anguish that accompanied finding an outfit I didn't 'feel' fat in. I could desribe the nightmare of being in the grips of an eating disorder that wants you skinny at any cost; even death. I could tell all about the pain, shame, guilt; the Prison that I not only created, but existed in. •Or, I could share my imperfect recovery from a seemingly hopeless state and most importantly, my #Gratitude. My gratitude for a body that despite enduring abuse from its own occupant, PREVAILED. A body that grew, housed and nourished two miraculous and wondrous souls. I could thank the very belly I spent years despising, for expanding when my babies needed room to grow, and allowed me to feel those precious baby kicks from the inside out. •Postpartum can be lonely, scary and challenging; but it’s been the catalyst for incredible personal growth. Postpartum left me with extra weight on my body, and asked me to love myself anyway. I have two young girls watching my every move and I simply couldn’t hate myself, and then ask my daughters to walk with confidence. •Recovery from anything is never linear. It's messy and ugly and jagged and beautiful. As I navigate this role of 'Mother' so imperfectly, I can rest easy knowing my girls will never hear me utter a negative word about this body–this belly, that they used to call home. So today, I am grateful for this postpartum journey, I am thankful for this body and I choose recovery. This is postpartum, and so is this @chrissyjpowers

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#this_is_postpartum A month ago I was taking belly photos with my boys in this same spot… totally unashamed of my big beautiful BUMP. Today, 6 weeks postpartum, I have to be honest it’s much harder to celebrate my midsection 🙈… my body is squishy, discolored, and weirdly still itchy. It’s also a freaking super hero for all it has done. Learning to love myself and accept my body in all phases has been a life-long journey but I’m getting there and I have never been more okay with myself. ✨ • Please know YOU are beautiful whatever shape you’re in and it’s totally okay to be a work-in-progress like me. 🤪♥️ • So happy to be a part of this group showing you real bodies at different phases in motherhood. Follow the loop to see every brave & beautiful mother. • This is postpartum and so is this… @kaitvano

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#this_is_postpartum Like most girls my age, I started dieting somewhere around the age of 12. All my life I heard my mom talk about "losing those last 10 pounds". I watched as she pinched her belly fat or grimaced at her arms in pictures. It was only natural that I started to look at my body through the same lens. For the next 17 years, my self confidence fluctuated in direct correlation with my weight. When I found out I was pregnant with a girl, I thought to myself, "the buck stops here." No more body shaming. No more obsessing about the chocolate bar I ate for breakfast. No more worrying when my pants were too tight, or rejoicing when they felt too loose. No more envying women with toned bodies, or feeling I needed to make excuses for mine. No more. So I committed to positive self talk O N L Y, and you know what happened? A deep love affair affair with my body began to grow. Our bodies are amazing, for reasons so much greater than weight and shape. My body carries and nurtures my daughter, allows me sensations, sustains my vital functions. It may not be perfect, but it is my home, and I am committed to loving, respecting and appreciating it unconditionally. So when my great insta pal @meg.boggs asked me to participate in this project, I couldn't say no. Anything to get the message out: love your home. Love it without guilt, shame or judgement. Swipe left to see @meg.boggs 's inspiring message, learn more about her journey to self love, and follow along with the hashtag. Cause this is postpartum, and so is this 👉🏼

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