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If You Struggle To Love Your Post-Baby Body, These Moms Will Help

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Loving your post-baby body can be easier said than done. A lot of moms are SO hard on themselves when their bodies don’t bounce back right away, but it can take time to feel like yourself again—and nobody knows that better than other moms! So I asked some REAL moms like us how they came to love and appreciate their post-baby bodies, and what they said might just help you appreciate yours, too.

“When I don’t feel ‘good’ enough I treat myself how I would treat my daughter. I tell myself what I’d tell her and love myself the way I love her. If we can’t love and care for ourselves, how are we supposed to love and care for others?!” — Emily

“Your body will be different than it was before. In some ways it will be stronger, in some ways it may be softer. But in all ways it has shown you the amazing things it can do, and that is worth celebrating!” — Marianna

“Set goals you can accomplish (“take a brisk walk with the baby this week”), instead of ones that doom you to fail (“get back to my college weight by my class reunion”). And cut yourself some slack for a while. Sure my body is softer, my skin looser, my hair thinner, but my HEART is so much FULLER ❤️. — Katherine

“Pregnancy is a transformational journey. The new bodies we find ourselves in are badges of honor for the miracle of growing and birthing new life.” — Crystal

“This mama bod is more beautiful than I could have ever expected. It stretched and grew and gave this sweet bean everything she needed to thrive for nine months, it was pushed to its max to welcome her into the world, and now it feeds her with perfect nutrition, comforts her with its smell and has the perfect arms and hands to embrace her.” — Joy

“I love this body of mine. I appreciate all that it has given me and I honor it’s soft, squishy, life-giving curves.” — Tara

Robyn is Editor-in-Chief at ParentsTogether and is co-author of several NYTimes bestselling anthologies. She lives in southern Michigan with her husband and five children.