Today I discovered one of the most beautiful and inspiring pro-body websites I have seen in a long time, maybe ever.
Shapes of a Mother is a website was founded by Bonnie, a mother of two, who wanted to show to her daughter and indeed her son 'a balanced view of what women should look like.' Through the website, women are invited to send photos of their body to show what real women look like outside of the medias representation of smooth perfectly toned post-pregnant bodies.
'It is my dream, then, to create this website where women of all ages, shapes, sizes and nationalities can share images of their bodies so it will no longer be secret. So we can finally see what women really look like sans airbrushes and plastic surgery. I am asking for mothers to send in photos of bellies, bums, boobs or any other body part (even my lower legs and face show changes since my pregnancies!) to be posted on this website.'- Bonnie from Shape of a Mother website.
The stories and photos that are submitted to Bonnie are eye opening with honesty and natural beauty. Yes, there are stretch marks and sagging skin but that is some of the reality of post-pregnant bodies.Even me and my younger possess some stunning stretch marks on our bodies and we are childless women in our very early 20's! Bonnie's site is open and exactly what women of all ages need to see in order to realize that the media are portraying the female body as some ideology that we have to jump through so many hoops to achieve(which are expensive, time-consuming and painful). Why is there so much pressure for a women to have a tightly toned stomach so soon after pregnancy? The post-birth months should be purely dedicated to loving your new baby and enjoying every precious moment.
Love your bums, lumps and boobs!
The Shape of a Mother Website
Stretch Marks, Scars, Saggy Skin Daily Mail Article