I remember the “complex” I developed during my third trimester of pregnancy. My hair was amazingly beautiful but I was “over it” as it related to the other side effects of pregnancy. My skin had broken out in hives, my nose was huge, and overall I felt extremely unattractive. (The only other plus besides the hair was the humongous boobs I developed). However, I kept my sanity by thinking about the body I would have once my son actually arrived. Weeks after his birth, I couldn’t help but to look at my naked body and feel so disappointed. My stomach was dark. I developed stretch marks on the left side of my body. I was unhappy. The more I nursed him the more I changed. I dropped so much weight that people believed I was sick. I was ugly. At least, to me. As the months passed I stared at this beautiful boy and this flawed body… finding the perfect medium. I gradually learned to accept the “mom body” because this body told a story of God’s splendor. I carried and birthed a dream.
Recently, I cam across Jade Beall’s “a Beautiful Body Project” and was secretly jealous that it wasn’t discovered during my own difficult time. Regardless, I assume that it may be inspiring and comforting for others who have (or may) experience the insecurity that pregnancy can bring. How amazing is it that we can learn to love ourselves for who we are and who we may become? I wanted to share this with you all in hopes that you can share it with someone else. Click on the link and enjoy!
Below are some of the inspiring images of beautiful mom’s that participated in the project : )