Thursday, October 9, 2014

Finding contentment in a post-partum body


There's no question that pregnancy changes a woman's body. While the degree of change may be different in every woman, we are all still left with something different than we started with, and a poochy tummy covered with stretch mark scars on top of the hormones, stress, and lack of sleep can be a difficult thing to accept.


It's easy to get caught up in what's different, what we can't change, the scars that refuse to fade, the extra layers of skin, and the parts that just don't lay right anymore. But dear mama, I want to encourage you to change your focus from what you look like to what you are. There are countless women out there with great bodies, no stretch marks and nothing saggy. But NONE of them can be your baby's mama. None of them get to rock your sweet angel to sleep and cuddle them close. None of them get to watch those bright eyes soak in the world every day, or hear "I lub you" come out of those chubby lips for the first time.

I also want to remind you that your worth isn't found in what you look like or what you are. Our worth is found in Christ. He loved us enough to die for us. He, the King of the Universe calls us His daughters, and that had nothing to do with the way we look, that's for sure. 
Yes, I believe we are called to care for our bodies which means eating healthy foods and staying physically active, but ultimately, how we look in this world doesn't even matter in the grand scheme of things. 

I want my daughter to grow up knowing that she is worth far more than a toned stomach and skinny thighs. How can I teach her that If I am not content with what God has given me? And so I choose to be content and grateful for what I do have, even if a stretch mark free stomach isn't one of those things.

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Have you learned to love your post-pregnancy body?  Check out the other mama's blogs for their stories.  And be sure to link up with us below if you also have a post on this topic. 
In the difficulty of motherhood, it's so important to find other mamas to relate to.  


Toddlers can be a handful and leave you wondering what to do next.  This series is here to help you navigate through toddlerhood while being able to relate to other mamas going through the same thing.  We may not always know what we are doing but we give it our best shot anyway.  Come back each week to check out our new topic and read along with the other hosts of our One Year and Beyond series!
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Oct 2:     Toddler Diaper Bag Essentials 
Oct 9:     Learning to love your post-pregnancy body
Oct 16:   Busy Toddler Activities
Oct 23:   Keeping in Shape While Caring for a Toddler
Oct 30:   Sick Day Tips
Nov 6:    How to Not Lose Your Patience with your Toddler
Nov 13:  Favorite Toddler Outings
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10 comments:

  1. Your post is absolutely wonderful and exactly what I needed to hear today. Thank you so much for sharing.

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    1. Thank you so much Jamie! I'm glad it encouraged you :)

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  2. I love everything about this post.

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  3. I love this post, Faith. Thank you so much for sharing this great perspective! After having my son, my body has been changed forever but it's totally worth it, 100% to have the honor and blessing of being his momma :)

    Amy @ http://www.livinglifetruth.com/

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  4. I adorrrrre this post! You are always such an inspiration!!

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    1. Courtney, you are too sweet :) Thanks, friend!

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  5. I just stumbled upon your blog for the first time, and super like it! thanks so much. Off to read more!! Your post on "don't waste your cancer" had me in tears. <3

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    1. Hi Anna! I'm so glad you stopped by and were blessed! I'm looking forward to connecting with you!

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