Tuesday, April 22, 2014

4th Trimester Bodies Project

If you live on planet Earth and occasionally go on the Internets or walk past a tabloid, these phrases are not foreign to you:

Body After Baby!
She Shows Off Her Baby Bump!
Post-Baby Bikini Bod!

So when I came across the 4th Trimester Bodies Project, I smiled so big at the beautiful images and the mission of this art:

dedicated to embracing the beauty inherent in the changes
brought to our bodies by motherhood, childbirth and breastfeeding

The description next to each participant is not about what they ate or how quickly they started working out, but about their pregnancy, their birth process, their hopes.

I can think of the many times I received comments on my body during and after pregnancy, and also the many times I've participated in noticing or commenting on the same for others.   It's a human thing we do, we notice. 
But the best part of being human is we get to notice what we notice.  And we can dig a little deeper to the less talked about and less apparent stuff that comes with the major change of motherhood.

Most women who have experienced any length of pregnancy will report that it comes with intense emotions.  Joy and fear can be two of them.  Wonder and worry. 
Along with this come the funkiest things the body does.  The wonderfully weird stuff our bodies do!  Oh, sorry, you don't want to hear about the PUPPS Rash?   Don't google that image. 
Sexy Baby Bump!

Kudos to Ashlee Wells Jackson for expanding the art of noticing and sharing the more real stuff. 

4th Trimester Bodies Project

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