As a mom, it can be easy to focus on the negative aspects of things, especially when it comes to body image. So much time is spent critiquing one thing after another, but in the midst of such thoughts, we forget the bigger picture. We forget that giving birth and bringing new life into this world is just about the most beautiful thing to exist – and we should be proud of the body that made it all happen. Every scar, stretch mark, or unwanted cellulite is proof that a woman’s body is actually capable of doing extraordinary things.

We asked moms (aka real life superheroes) on the mom.life app to share a few things that they love about their post-baby body, and here are some of their responses!

 

“With my first I gained about 35 pounds. It was hard for me because just a little over 9 months before, I was a double zero at my wedding. After my first, I was wearing a size 10. It was hard to look at the stretch marks; I had done everything they said I needed to do to not get them and still got them. I look at myself now and think of all the things I feel needs improvement and then I stop myself to realize this body that needs “improvement” has gone through the most magical life changing event ever witnessed in history and I need to be proud of that fact. Do I love myself every day? No, but I love that my body is indeed amazing and I would trade any of it for the world.”

        
“I didn’t gain much weight pregnant. Between baby and water weight, I gained about 10 lbs. But when I first had my son, I had rapid weight loss. I was down 50 lbs. by the time he was one month old. I didn’t have any negative thoughts. It was weird seeing my stomach that was once flat have extra skin there. But I still felt beautiful. Mommy life agreed with me, at least that’s what I felt. My skin was glowing, and even though I didn’t get to really do anything fancy with myself, I felt good. It wasn’t until this month (my son is almost 3 months old) when I went shopping that I started feeling negative thoughts about the extra skin on my stomach. I felt so ugly and down on myself. But then I came home and my son looked at me and his eyes lit up and he gave me a huge smile and I knew that it didn’t matter. I didn’t care about the tummy weight. He made me feel beautiful. And that is something I wouldn’t change for anything in world. Even a flat stomach with no stretch marks."

“I love that I have “mom hips.” And even though my body isn’t what is traditionally considered beautiful, I now get pride when I see it, and I never had that before!”

 

“My hips were already wide to begin with, and right now I still have an extra 25 pounds to lose to be back where I was before. But I am not rushing it, because I know I’ll get there in time. And I know once I do, my hips and boobs are going to be better than before and I’m going to have an amazing figure. ?”

“I like that I actually got down to size better than I thought I would. Even though I can’t fit into any of my jeans anymore because of my hips. I feel good about myself actually. ?”

        
“I love my tummy! I’m a plus size in general and my extra skin and fat that I gained while carrying my princess symbolizes a healthy pregnancy. My husband rubs my tummy and tells me he loves it. But I love it regardless of his acceptance. My body created and carried the most precious person to me and I cherish it.”

“I personally came back down to my pre pregnancy weight 2 weeks after having my son. But I love my body. The extra skin on my belly doesn’t bother me, it simply makes me happy to know I carried my son in there. I love my stretch marks because without those my son wouldn’t be here. I love my C-Section scar simply because without that scar my son wouldn’t have been able to come out of me and into this world. No I don’t fit into my jeans from before pregnancy, but without all of my stretch marks, extra skin on my belly, legs and hips bigger than normal and my scar I would not have my son. He is my world. And I love this body that I now have with proof to show that I carried my child and without that there would be no baby. ???”

        
“At first I felt disgusting with my post-partum body… But then I loss all the weight but still had just a little bit of baby fat… After I lost the weight I realized that I do love my body because I brought such a beautiful baby girl in to this crazy world! It’s been 2 years since having her and I feel awesome and happy, seeing these stretch marks are just my daily reminder of my girl!! Now we’re expecting baby #2 and I know after the baby is born I’ll feel a little unhappy with my post-partum body but I know I can work it off again. ?”

“I love that my body has forever changed by housing and bringing life into this world. Every stretch mark, my not so flat tummy, my boobs, and my hips, were all worth having my son. I love my post-partum body because it shows the greatest accomplishment of my entire life. I wouldn’t change it for anything.”

        
“I’m still adjusting to the post pregnancy body but I’m loving the boobs! I’ve always had super small boobs but now they’re actually proportionate!”

        
“I always had an hourglass figure before, but after my baby was here and I toned up I fell so in love with my body! Even every tiger stripe I earned (and there are many). I feel beautiful because I made life within myself! I can’t wait to see how much love and appreciation I have after my second son arrives. It takes work, but is more worth it than words can say!”

        
“I love my pouch? I know it’s weird but I use to have eating disorders and I’ve always been heavier but my pouch shows me that my stomach isn’t just fat it was a home for my baby.”

        
“I’ve always loved my thighs but now I love them even more! And my hips. People used to tell me I have birthing hips and they spread a little more from being pregnant. I was so afraid I would hate the way I look after I give birth but I thought I was sexy right up to the day I delivered and then by 2 weeks post-partum I felt great about myself. I’m embracing the stretch marks, extra pounds, wider hips, thicker thighs and of course my full womanly breasts! The woman’s body is such an amazing thing?”

        
“I’m not sure how I’ll feel later on, but I don’t mind my extra little tummy at all- I call it my postpartum pouch, haha. I guess I’m amazed at how quickly the body can shrink back down. Also my C-section scar- what a great sign for my baby.”

        
“Love love LOVE my thighs and hips!!!”

 

“I never felt more beautiful than I did while I was pregnant, and post pregnancy, I have MUCH more confidence than I ever have before. Pregnancy was not easy, but I literally have a completely different mindset about who and what I am now. I love it!”

 

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“I love that I have “mom hips.” And even though my body isn’t what is traditionally considered beautiful, I now get pride when I see it, and I never had that before!”

 

“My hips were already wide to begin with, and right now I still have an extra 25 pounds to lose to be back where I was before. But I am not rushing it, because I know I’ll get there in time. And I know once I do, my hips and boobs are going to be better than before and I’m going to have an amazing figure. ?”

“I like that I actually got down to size better than I thought I would. Even though I can’t fit into any of my jeans anymore because of my hips. I feel good about myself actually. ?”

        
“I love my tummy! I’m a plus size in general and my extra skin and fat that I gained while carrying my princess symbolizes a healthy pregnancy. My husband rubs my tummy and tells me he loves it. But I love it regardless of his acceptance. My body created and carried the most precious person to me and I cherish it.”

“I personally came back down to my pre pregnancy weight 2 weeks after having my son. But I love my body. The extra skin on my belly doesn’t bother me, it simply makes me happy to know I carried my son in there. I love my stretch marks because without those my son wouldn’t be here. I love my C-Section scar simply because without that scar my son wouldn’t have been able to come out of me and into this world. No I don’t fit into my jeans from before pregnancy, but without all of my stretch marks, extra skin on my belly, legs and hips bigger than normal and my scar I would not have my son. He is my world. And I love this body that I now have with proof to show that I carried my child and without that there would be no baby. ???”

        
“At first I felt disgusting with my post-partum body… But then I loss all the weight but still had just a little bit of baby fat… After I lost the weight I realized that I do love my body because I brought such a beautiful baby girl in to this crazy world! It’s been 2 years since having her and I feel awesome and happy, seeing these stretch marks are just my daily reminder of my girl!! Now we’re expecting baby #2 and I know after the baby is born I’ll feel a little unhappy with my post-partum body but I know I can work it off again. ?”

“I love that my body has forever changed by housing and bringing life into this world. Every stretch mark, my not so flat tummy, my boobs, and my hips, were all worth having my son. I love my post-partum body because it shows the greatest accomplishment of my entire life. I wouldn’t change it for anything.”

 

“I’m still adjusting to the post pregnancy body but I’m loving the boobs! I’ve always had super small boobs but now they’re actually proportionate!”

        
“I always had an hourglass figure before, but after my baby was here and I toned up I fell so in love with my body! Even every tiger stripe I earned (and there are many). I feel beautiful because I made life within myself! I can’t wait to see how much love and appreciation I have after my second son arrives. It takes work, but is more worth it than words can say!”

        
“I love my pouch? I know it’s weird but I use to have eating disorders and I’ve always been heavier but my pouch shows me that my stomach isn’t just fat it was a home for my baby.”

        
“I’ve always loved my thighs but now I love them even more! And my hips. People used to tell me I have birthing hips and they spread a little more from being pregnant. I was so afraid I would hate the way I look after I give birth but I thought I was sexy right up to the day I delivered and then by 2 weeks post-partum I felt great about myself. I’m embracing the stretch marks, extra pounds, wider hips, thicker thighs and of course my full womanly breasts! The woman’s body is such an amazing thing?”

        
“I’m not sure how I’ll feel later on, but I don’t mind my extra little tummy at all- I call it my postpartum pouch, haha. I guess I’m amazed at how quickly the body can shrink back down. Also my C-section scar- what a great sign for my baby.”

        
“Love love LOVE my thighs and hips!!!”

 

“I never felt more beautiful than I did while I was pregnant, and post pregnancy, I have MUCH more confidence than I ever have before. Pregnancy was not easy, but I literally have a completely different mindset about who and what I am now. I love it!”

        
“I love what my body did by growing a little human. Although I’m down to my pre-pregnancy weight and have the belly I had before I got pregnant. I have a love hate relationship with the stretch marks all over my belly and legs. My body will never be the same yet my smiling baby makes me forget it.”

        
“I lost most of my pregnancy weight already, but the skin on my belly has not recovered as well this time around. I feel good with my stretch marks, but the extra skin sagging has me a little sad. My husband calls breastfeeding nature’s cruel joke because my boobs look fantastic, so huge positive there! ?”

 

“My stretch marks. Sounds odd but I actually like them. And my boobs.”

        
“I love WHAT my body did, not just how it looks! I grew a whole human inside my body, and labored naturally and QUICKLY and gave birth to my sweet angel with inner strength I knew was in there somewhere! It was an amazing experience! I love that my body still continues to care for my lil human 10 months later through breastfeeding! Not one bottle and this girl is bigger, smarter, and more beautiful than I ever imagine, she is perfect! And I am proud of my body that it could achieve such a beautiful and natural thing ? I also can’t complain that I have more curves to love, a bigger bust size, and tiger stripes to wear with pride!”

“I love my post-partum body. 5 lbs away from pre pregnancy body. In love with my breast size.”

        
“I have a love hate relationship with my body. My tummy is by no means flat or like it was before. In fact, it’s pretty soft and squishy. But I find it beautiful. Same with my stretch marks. It helps that my husband tells me every day that he loves my body.”

        
“My body bounced back. I look like I didn’t even have a baby. Granted, the incision line proves I did. But I like how my hips look wider and pairing that with my stomach which is flat but still feels like a marshmallow, I look hot, (not to toot my own horn). But I feel very good about my postpartum body.”

 

“Pregnancy in general made my self-confidence and how I saw my body both improve. I felt beautiful throughout my pregnancy and I still feel beautiful, even with the scar and marshmallow belly. :)”

        
“I love how my body bounced back after pregnancy. I put on weight and expanded greatly in the belly area (and other areas) and then a few months after baby it’s like I’m back to a decent size. The human body truly is amazing!???”

        
“I just like the way I feel like my body looks more womanly. I have always been bigger, but I feel now I look curvier and filled out. I appreciate my large breasts because they feed my son. I love my wide hips for birthing him so easily. I’m grateful for my tummy being a bit pouchy because I remember feeling him grow everyday inside of me. ?”

        
“I love my C-section scar. I embrace it and now my son notices it and points at it often, I can’t wait until he’s older to explain how that’s where he entered this world and if it wasn’t for my C-section, my son wouldn’t be here. It’s a constant reminder that I housed a child for 9 months and I’m pretty much a super hero.”

        
“I love that my body has done something so miraculous and powerful. Sure it’s a little different looking than it was before but now it has given life.”

        
“Honestly I love my stretch marks. It shows how my body created a human, which I think is the most amazing thing a woman can do.”

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