Laura Mazza, 31, or as her social media followers know her – ‘Mum on the Run’ – is a regular blogger on posts of motherhood and parenting. In her latest blog post, she revealed how she was ashamed of her body post her pregnancy. The mother of two posted a black and white image of her post baby stomach as she recounted a conversation with her husband, “This isn’t the body you fell in love with.”
A popular blogger among both expecting and new mothers, Laura shared this heartwarming post about trying and struggling to accept her body as it changed after childbirth. She shared how her body is no longer the lean frame that easily got into tight jeans, instead it is exhausted and a broken version of her former self. She writes that her earlier body had defined muscles, was toned and had no stretch marks. Laura then goes on to rant about how “it isn’t fair” that her husband got to keep his body, the way it was and she had to undergo so many changes, an argument that most women in their early stages of motherhood can relate to.
“This isn’t the body you fell in love with.”
I said to him.
The body he fell in love with was toned, it had muscles, there were no stretch marks on my belly, none on my boobs, no gut from muscle separation.
The body he fell in love with fit into tight jeans, could walk into a shop and grab any size and walk out, knowing it fit.
This body now couldn’t shop at those stores, and mostly wears leggings. His body stayed the same, but mine changed in every way. It isn’t fair…
I stood in front of him, exhausted and broken, the tears welled in my eyes, “this isn’t the body you fell in love with.” Then he said, “you’re right. It isn’t the body I fell in love with.
Instead it’s a body that grew our children, it fed our children, it comforted our children, it made life. Your body is the one I fall in love with every day
I didn’t know what love was until I saw this body and found out all it could do, so thank you.”
Do not be ashamed of what you have, or what your mum body looks like, there’s plenty of time to give up cake in the future, for now, enjoy the moments you have, and enjoy the fact that you have made something that is worth every stretch mark and every dimple.
If you needed a reminder, this is it, this body you have now, its worth every bit of love and more.
The Melbourne-blogger’s raw account of a struggle most mother’s face is quite relatable and the post has since been shared by 58,000 people, liked by more than 20,000 people, has gone viral.
But what has taken the social media by storm is the not the heartbreaking account of this woman, but the response by Laura’s husband that has people, especially women, going gaga over this man. Her husband’s supportive response is what changed her mind about her own body image
You’re right. It isn’t the body I fell in love with. Instead it’s a body that grew our children, it fed our children, it comforted our children, it made life. Your body is the one I fall in love with every day. I didn’t know what love was until I saw this body and found out all it could do, so thank you.
Laura was then overcome with gratitude as her husband taught her how to accept the changes that the baby had made in her body. The Mum on the Run also hopes that other mothers would get inspiration from their partners and would eventually learn to love their bodies, in whatever way they transformed.
Do not be ashamed of what you have, or what your mum body looks like. If you needed a reminder, this is it, this body you have now, it’s worth every bit of love and more.
As countless women struggle with a body shaming, Laura and her husband are a prime example of the need for promoting body positive images.
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