With pregnancy comes a constant changing body, and in most cases, a permanent body change. I have never been a confident person when it comes to my body, growing up I always thought that I was either too fat or too ugly, but being pregnant has really changed how I feel about myself. If asked the question, “What’s your favourite part of yourself?”, a few months ago, I wouldn’t have been able to give you an answer. But if asked the question now, my answer would be – without hesitation: “My stretch marks”.
I had some stretch marks before I was pregnant, so there’s no surprise that I have a lot now. At first, I would look in the mirror to see them growing and hate them, or be embarrassed to lift my top up at a midwife appointment because of what she might think of me. But then I realized that – for now – underneath all my stretch marks, is my baby’s home. It’s where I’ve first grown to love my baby, where I’m constantly placing my hands and thinking about the kind of person my baby will be, and it holds my baby until my arms can, and for that – they’ll always be something beautiful about them; it doesn’t matter if anyone thinks they’re not, and it will be the same once I have given birth. I will work at keeping active, fit and healthy, but I will love my body for the way it is, because how can I teach my daughter to love herself if I’m not doing the same?
You are not made up of of the words that hurt you, or that number on the scales. You are made up of nothing more than you. Simply, beautifully, wonderfully, uniquely you. Stop hating your body, your face, your personality, your flaws, instead – love them, because without all these things, you wouldn’t be you.
So next time you think of beautiful things, don’t forget to count yourself in!