Pregnancy news, 30/05/2017
Midwife Clemmie Hooper, also known as @Mother of Daughters, has inspired women with her #BodyPositive messages on Instagram.
Her Instagram post, which has been liked 65,000 times and received hundreds of comments of support, empowers mums to #LoveYourBabyLoveYourBody.
Clemmie writes, ‘I haven’t done any exercise since I’ve had the twins, I drink wine, I eat chocolate, my stomach isn’t what it used to be, but who cares? My husband said he doesn’t.’
‘I grew and pushed out 4 babies from this body, of COURSE I don’t look how I used to be [and] that’s ok. Spread the love people and let’s normalise our bodies.’
Giovanna says, ‘At times it does bother me how much my body has changed, but I know I don't ever want it to stop me having fun with the boys. They aren't going to look back and think 'Gosh, Mum had terrible cellulite, stretch marks and wobbled a lot', but they would notice if I sat out of games and didn't make the most of my time with them.’
‘My body gave me the two most important things in my life. So thank you to you in all your wobbles, lumps and bumps. To me, you are perfectly imperfect.’
Our Sophie says:
‘Many mums struggle with body image following the birth but it’s important to recognise the enormous change that your body has gone through to produce your beautiful baby. There’s no rush to return to your pre-baby body and it’s important to remember that the images you see of celebrities are often Photoshopped and give an unrealistic impression. There’s really no such thing as ‘normal’. It's time that new mums celebrated their post-pregnancy tummies. We’re with Clemmie on this one!’
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