Many women struggle with body image, especially moms who love their babies, but not what pregnancy did to their midsections. But there's plenty to appreciate about your new shape. Besides being a great excuse to get some new clothes, there are plenty of other reasons why I love my post baby body.
1. My boobs
I'm a fan of sci-fi movies, so having a chest which acts like a built-in compass that always points South is awesome. I feel almost bionic.
2. My nails
I do a lot of typing for work so I like to keep my nails short. Pregnancy hormones made them grow at an alarming rate, so I'm happy to not resemble Edwards Scissorhands anymore.
3. My loose skin
Thanks to the havoc growing twins wreaked on my abdomen, I have this fun roll of loose skin right on the top of my rib cage. It reminds me of the folds you see on a basset hound. I've always wanted a dog, but my husband has allergies, so this will have to do.
4. My hair
I've got a thick Italian mane to begin with and pregnancy hormones only made it more likely that I'd snap a comb during a routine brushing. Now that the pregnancy thickness is over, I'm so happy to be back to needing only two stylists to blow dry it when I go to the salon.
5. My stretch marks
I know most women hate them, but hear me out. Once they stop looking so angry, stretch marks are just white scars. And white tattoos, which look like scar tissue, are really popular right now. These stretch marks are really my ticket to street cred with the hipster youths.
6. My feet
Like many women, my feet changed size during pregnancy and have stayed that way. But having to buy all new shoes isn't the worst thing. It was high time for me to admit that platforms aren't coming back in style, no matter how much more comfortable they are than actual heels.
7. My nose
I felt insecure about my nose throughout my early 20s, but after seeing it swell up like a Ball Park Frank while I was pregnant I finally realized how great my nose was. Nose, thank you for coming back to me. I'll never take you for granted again. I promise to use Biore strips on you regularly from now on.
8. My elbows
I love my elbows because when every other part of my body was abandoning ship on me while I was pregnant, my elbows never changed. Besides asking for a little lotion and the occasional exfoliation, they never made a fuss. My elbows were and still are the only part of my body that I don't worry about.
9. My belly button
My navel was always oddly shallow, so when I got it pierced as a teen like every other Britney Spears fan, it looked like the jewel was on my skin instead of nestled in my belly button. Post pregnancy it's stretched out like a normal navel, not that I plan on showing it in public off any time soon.
10. My smile
No, this isn't the part where I spew some cheesy nonsense about my smile getting more radiant with the love of motherhood. If anything, all the caffeine I guzzle to keep up with my kids has taken its toll on my (formerly) pearly whites. But I did have pregnancy gingivitis. Flossing without my sink looking like an ax murderer washed up in it is a win.