Por Andrea Sánchez
Todos dicen que tener un hijo es una etapa maravillosa y no lo dudamos ni un segundo, debe ser la sensación más hermosa cuando anhelas ser madre. Sin embargo, el cuerpo cambia y eso es casi inevitable, con el aumento de peso las mujeres experimentan cambios, su cuerpo no vuelve a ser el mismo. Las marcas de la maternidad se hacen presentes.
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Conozco a varias mujeres, todas están de acuerdo en que ser madre es maravilloso, pero también me han contado la forma en la que las estrías se han apoderado de tu vientre, cómo después de convertirse en madres su cuerpo se sentía flácido y no volvió a ser el mismo.
A través de Instagram hemos visto a miles de mujeres adherirse el movimiento 'be positive' que impulsa a las mujeres a cuidar su cuerpo, a amarse, pero sobretodo a aceptarse tal cual son. Con ello se busca romper con los estereotipos de belleza impuestos por la industria de la moda o el maquillaje. Ahora el movimiento #postpartumbody, en el que mujeres muestran su experiencia después del parto a través de imágenes cobra más importancia y gana más adeptas.
Con mensajes de empoderamiento, miles de mujeres buscan hacer conciencia sobre el cuerpo y la belleza de las mujeres después del embarazo. Para todas, aceptar los cambios es esencial para una vida en paz y en equilibrio.
✨Because this is beauty✨ ••• A Saturday morning with my babies, relaxing under the warmth of the sun shining into the living room, and the windows open. There's no sound here except for the birds chirping outside, the crunching of pretzels that my toddler is eating, and the little grunts of my baby as she's loving on her first home. The beauty is that I'm with my beautiful children and I don't have to get dressed or be put together to be loved by them. I don't have to have the perfect body. I am who I am, stretch marks and all, with a little fluff, and some squish…and they love me anyway. The beauty is that, I'm finally at a place in my life where I don't feel like I need to be perfect to please anyone. That I can enjoy and love the skin I am in. And even though I workout a lot and try to take care of my body, that doesn't change the fact that I am still comfortable in my skin at any stage. This body did miraculous things and still is – growing, birthing, and nurturing my children. Man, I love being a wife and a mother…and being a WOMAN. . . . . #motherhood #motherhoodrising #motheroftwo #motherhoodunplugged #takebackpostpartum #4thtrimester #4thtrimesterbodiesproject #momlife #postpartum #postpartumbody #postbabybody #naturalbirth #bodypositivity #selflove #selflovegeneration #uniteinmotherhood #unitedinmotherhood #themotherhoodisreal #joyfulmama #transparency #ig_motherhood #childhoodunplugged #darlingweekend #weekendvibes #mindfulmama #tribedemama #mumsofinstagram #momsofinstagram #momtogs
"Being a woman living the homestead lifestyle in the middle of nowhere can be isolating in itself, add single mom to the mix and that feeling runs deeper. It isn't always the physical distances that is the hard part but the mental isolation. It is pretty rare to find someone with common experiences to lean on. We spend mornings in the garden enjoying food in its freshest form. Eating eggs unwashed and still warm from the chicken. We drink water from the ground. We share and eat meat from our neighbors and drink raw milk. I reduce and reuse more than I recycle. My daughter was born at home without a midwife. Young and old saw the birth of my child, strengthening all the generations of the women present. Our work is caring for our elders. We cloth diaper. We use water instead of wipes and drink from the hose. We rarely wear clothes. We don't shower everyday. We barely use soaps, lotions or razors. We question modern medicine. We sleep in the same bed. We do our best not to have plastics, use less gas, electricity and water. We heat with wood. We barter. We preserve and store our surplus. We enjoy the warm sun on our bodies, nature in our ears and the dogs at our feet. All of these ways of living have gotten me my fair share of eye rolls, raised eyebrows, finger wags and shaken heads. I always wonder why. Isn't this the way we were designed to live? Aligned with mother nature not against her. I was called unconventional for having a home birth but isn't it the most traditional of things? There was a time which I felt bad for speaking up about my beliefs, my way of life. It made others feel bad and unsteady in their own lives. We weren't following societies guidelines and made to fear DES called. So sometimes it was just easier to sit in silence, keeping my experiences to myself. I do not see my belly as shameful nor any other part of my body. Or it's functions. My child loves that soft mound for sleeping, playing and cuddling. I love my large drooping breasting for my daughter loves them even more." The incredible Pineapple and her daughter Zoey Jean. I had the pleasure to photograph them on the homestead that Pineapple herself grew up on.