Monday, November 3, 2008

"The post-pregnancy body is one of this society's greatest secrets"

Pregnancy is not for the faint of heart:

The Shape of a Mother


  1. I thought that was pretty awesome, myself. I can't tell you how sick I got of BabyCenter girls in the forums going on and on and on about how they were getting fat despite running marathons and eating only vegetables and it wasn't fair that they gained 10 lbs and this pregnancy was ruining their perfect weights and how on earth would they survive this fatness!!?? It's nice to see someone actually recognizing that our bodies are never the same after a baby and that it's not a bad thing it just is what it is.

  2. I like to pretend I'm not worried so much about how I'll look during/after...but I guess I am a little. It is awesome that women who do have a place for support. I love how so many of them focus on their wonderful children, and consider it more than a fair trade.

    I think I'm mostly worried about how my body feels, and the physical changes happening to it, not for looks but for like the biological stuff. Like, will my apendectomy scar tear open during delivery? I know it sounds silly, but I worry!

  3. theOvulator: I'd be lying if I said I relish the thought of having my body change a la the ladies of The Shape of a Mother. My body has undergone many changes over the course of my life, some good and some bad. Maybe it's more pronounced because I was as thin as I've been in a decade when I got pregnant.

    jessica: I don't talk about it with many people, because the typical response is "It's not about you" and "Stop being selfish." It's an attitude I don't appreciate -- just because I carry a child does not mean I lose my bodily autonomy. Long after my child is born, I'll still have to live in my body, day in and day out.


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