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A mother’s beauty

 

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“I am a firm believer that we need to break the mold that society has built on how moms and postpartum bodies should look….I stopped body shaming myself, and I truly feel comfortable in my own skin now. My body tells a story with every stretchmark. And I love that!”

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Amanda, 27

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“My son may never look back on these photos and see the sacrifices my body took because lets face it, he didn’t leave me with stretch marks or a saggy stomach. I can only hope he remembers how strong and confident his mother was and that he was to thank for that.”

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Danielle, 21

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“…be kind to herself, be forgiving and enjoy who you are today because you will look back and wish you hadn’t worried about your body the way you did. Go out, have fun, don’t let it hold you it back. You are beautiful, flaunt it!”

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Kai, 31

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“The year after my son was born was the most at home I’ve felt in my body since before puberty. The pure fact that I birthed my baby made my size and shape insignificant in a way that nothing else had for me.”

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Larissa, 29

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“My body has changed shapes throughout the years, and yet again through pregnancy and my 2 years post partum. I’ve never been overly self-conscious with my physical shape, it’s been more of me feeling my body has failed me which causes the most anguish. From my ruptured appendix, to scar adhesion pain, to 36 hour labor turned emergency c-section, and now still dealing with scar adhesion pain, I have many low days hating and blaming my body for failing me. I’m still working on trusting my body.”

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Zoe, 27

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“During the photo event I was surprised that it didn’t feel like pictures were being taken of the body, but of the spirit!”

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Barb, Zoe’s mother, 48

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“…since Chloe was born I have felt pressured to “get my body back” from family, friends and media. It made me mad to think I should be expected to hit the gym when all I want to do is soak up every moment I can with my baby while I can.”

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Chelsea, 24

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“Today my confidence is the highest it has ever been. This has not happened overnight or easily. The first time I got pregnant I felt ugly, fat, unsexy and unlovable. I hated what was happening to my body and the lack of control I had over it. I put so much importance on the climbing number that the scale showed each week. After I gave birth I put so much pressure and expectation on my body to “bounce back” with a matter of weeks…When my second was born, he was two months early. I forgot about my insecurities and internal dilemmas and focus every ounce of energy into helping him grow…”

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Kat, 29

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I hope they remember my smile, my strength and my ability to love myself along the entire journey. I hope they remember how much comfort my squishy belly brought them – a favourite resting place.”

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Kailin, 28

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“Growing up I always struggled with body image…Then in my early adulthood I was always just trying to get back to the body I had 3 …5…9 years ago. When I was pregnant, I truly and utterly started to love my body. What it was growing inside made me realize how beautiful it was on the outside.”

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Jessica, 30

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“I wanted to show my daughters that being beautiful and confident is more than what you wear, or how you do your hair. I hope that my daughters will be confident and comfortable just the way they are.”

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Alexandra, 26

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“It wasn’t until after I had my son that I was able to truly appreciate just what a body is capable of. I still have a hard time fathoming the miracle that is child birth.”

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Kelsey, 30

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“Growing up I was told at a young age to wear makeup. Then it was to lose weight and try to decrease my breast size. I’ve never felt confident in myself. This was important to me as I want my daughter to know she is beautiful and to feel confident in her own natural way. I felt comfortable, amazingly beautiful, and free!”

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Jenn, 31

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” Being pregnant and then during postpartum with my first son was difficult because I was uncomfortable with what had happened to my body. Then it hit me. My body is beautiful. What it had just done, created a human, was absolutely amazing. So amazing that I decided to give it a second go. I loved my growing belly more the second time. I planned and embraced my birth choices instead of being scared. I looked in the mirror afterwards and loved what I saw. For I am strong and I’m a mother. I love sharing this feeling with new mothers who may be stuck looking in that mirror and feeling sad because they don’t look like they used to. Having a baby changes your body, but it also changes your heart and mind. You don’t need to look like who you were before because you are no longer that person. You are better.”

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Alyssa, 26

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“I want people to see me as I am. While I was being photographed I felt like it was just another day and that this is life and this is how we do it.

“I am making up my motherhood journey as I go along, there is no rule book, and I am a different parent then someone else. I am parenting by instinct not by guilt. I also want them to know that life isn’t just about what you look like on the outside but also the inside and that every little thing about me makes me who I am.”

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Angela, 30

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Please join us next year for A Mother’s Beauty 2017.

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 {“Be you, don’t let others tell you what a mother should like.” }

Angela, 30

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