In the early days of pregnancy, feeling isolated and alone, I turned to a group of expectant Canadian mothers who had formed a “birth club” online. I have participated in conversations, asked questions and embraced the shared experience that we are all going through as we await the arrival of our babies in March 2014.
Recently, members of this online birth club have reflected on the images and feelings associated with the photos they took of themselves at the earliest stage of pregnancy. They compared their bodies from then to now and realized two important things: 1) the pregnant form is truly glorious and 2) their perspective on how they looked before pregnancy (or before they popped) was unhealthy.
I feel compelled to share spoken word artist and poet-extraordinaire, Hollie McNish’s thoughts on body image. Words that opened my eyes to the importance of embracing the laugh lines, stretch marks and “imperfections”.
Respect your body like the temple that it is. It’s the only one you get.