The “Mom Bod”

Bikini season is on its way.
For the past few years I have been dreading the words “bikini season” as I haven’t been able to wear one since Nate was born.
I mean I can physically put one on but I am not comfortable doing that.
In reality I was never too comfortable in a bikini, I think my new found “Mom Bod” exasperated those feelings.
“Mom bod” you say.
Yes “Mom Bod”
I’m sure you have heard all about the “Dad Bod”.

What is the “Dad Bod” you ask?
Alex Abad-Santos describes the “Dad bod” as a male body type that is best described as “softly round.” It’s built upon the theory that once a man has found a mate and fathered a child, he doesn’t need to worry about maintaining a sculpted physique.

Now the “Mom Bod” is similar but different.
The “Mom Bod” is a body that was recreated and repurposed.
It’s a woman’s body with a twist.
The “Mom Bod” is one where the hips, thighs and butt become larger.
For some it is MUCH larger and for others it is discretely larger.
The breasts, whether breastfeeding or NOT, become hollow like a cave.
Most women with a “Mom Bod” have stretch marks in places that they never knew existed.
In some women they don’t.
The waist expands, even for those doing yoga and crossfit five times a week.
It is not something that we can fight, as Mother Nature trumps the desire to be superficial.

There is something supernatural about said “Mom Bod” as it is one that has housed life.
It is something that should be respected and honoured as it is the creator of our future.
The “Mom Bod” has become something that is feared as many women are afraid to embrace the beauty of it.
It is a natural state where women flourish and should feel a sense of serenity.
Let us stop hating on the “Mom Bod” and start embracing it in all of its forms, as it is the body that brings new life and light to this dingy place we call earth.

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