Real Moms Showing Off Real Bodies Goes Viral
A group of moms exposed their post-baby bellies to the world and the world took notice.
Some bloggers from Connecticut got sick of all the pressure on new moms to "get their body back" (to which I once again ask; where did it go?) so quickly after having a baby. They got together in sports bras and tank tops and did a photo shoot of their real bodies sporting real belllies.
They called their photo shoot a Goddess Gathering and said they wanted to make women feel better about their own selves after seeing real moms.
Little did they realize that their little photo shoot would be seen by millions. Now they are encouraging other new moms to get together and have their own Goddess Gatherings as a way to raise their own self-esteem. They are posting the photos on their website.
The amazing reaction to these photos shows how starved we are for real bodies. We are so inundated with the obsession of celebrities getting "their body back" that our own vision of what is normal post-birth is getting completely skewed.
Merryl Bear, a doctor who specializes in eating disorders, says that celebrity culture is partially to blame for the rise in "pregorexia" -- women's obsession to stay thin even during pregnancy:
"But there are more challenges to a pregnant woman's self-perception that are exacerbated by the images and the stories of celebrities who get pregnant, have their babies, and throughout the process … just have their pre-pregnancy body with a bump,” she said.
The women of Connecticut are just a first step in normalizing our expectations of what most women usually look like, months, or even years after giving birth.
Check out the video:
Would you bare your belly for the camera?
Want more chaos? Last year, I showed a funny video of how kids are embarrassed by us -- their parents.