My Post Baby Body Mamas

For a lot of us the only time we look at our bodies is when we are getting ready for whatever adventure the day has in store for us or getting jiggy for an event. For me, this is a time when I usually evaluate my body-my flaws and attributes. Please enjoy these mamas stories and their “getting ready” pictures.

Photo Credit- The marvelous husband and wife team Mayana and David Geathers, Geathers Photography (Ashley, Takita, D’nia and Hanan)

Photo Credit- The wonderful mama duo Jamina Veasey and Lauren Borges, J and L Photography  (Tiara, Zee, Karen, Clare, Arose, Julia, Arianna, Macy, Abby, Andria, Gloria, Tamara, and Raquel)

Photo Credit- The amazingly talented Maria Del Rio, Del Rio Photography (Patrice, Whitney, Maya, Katrina and Daniela)

Tiara

This body has done some thangs… I mean really we been carrying these hips, these thighs, the whole damn package since time immemorial. It is a gift and a burden that should be expected, cuz our grandmama and them been doing this. But I am still amazed at every child that calls me mommy, still … Continue reading Tiara

D’nia

I wouldn’t say that I love my body. I love myself and the body I am in but the physical look of my body I always felt was average. I always felt like I needed a little more butt, a little more hips, a little more fat. I guess I had that skinny girl syndrome … Continue reading D’nia

Ashley

My PBB (post baby body) weighs the same, but looks and feels different. I was always an athlete and on a diet and spent most of my time working on a flat stomach. I always thought I would be one of those athlete moms that barely gained any weight, and that the weight would all … Continue reading Ashley

Takita

During my adolescences and even into early adulthood I had body image issues. I have always been quite shapely and would be criticized frequently by my peers because I was not “skinny”. I never really believed I was exceedingly over weight but began to internalize the perspective of those that viewed me in a negative … Continue reading Takita

Raquel

My whole life I had dealt with body issues. Not necessarily in terms of being overweight, but I just never felt that my body was ever the norm and conformed to societies standards. When I hit puberty I started getting my curves and wasn’t ashamed of them at all because I finally got boobs which … Continue reading Raquel

Karen

My grandmother always said, “a woman must have presence and dignity.” The last time she said this to me was in 2005 when I was visiting her in Zimbabwe before her passing in 2006.  She kept making me sadza (a Zimbabwean staple) scones, vegetables, and meat. I was a size zero and in America it was … Continue reading Karen

Zee

My body has always been curvy and over the years I embraced it but still felt a sense of insecurity as I had cellulite, rolls, etc. I wasn’t “perfect” and always wanted to be. In magazines I would see curvy women but there was never one dimple on their thigh. I was always attempting to … Continue reading Zee

Hanan

I honestly never thought about my post baby body until I learned of this project and committed to doing it.  I have thought about my body in general.  Unfortunately, as women, we are forced to think of our bodies one way or another.  I have always been a chubby kid but growing up in Ethiopia, my weight was … Continue reading Hanan

Macy

An open letter to my kids: Carter, my first born, my son. There will be many women in your life whom you will have many memories with. But nothing will compare to the first memories you have with your sister and I. We will shape how you feel and treat the women in your life. … Continue reading Macy

Andria

I was in the best shape of my life (high school included), then my son was conceived. At 30, in my first successful pregnancy, I worked out hard until about 8 months when all I could do was walk. I had an emergency cesarean. The weight came off quickly and by 6 months I was … Continue reading Andria

Gloria

I feel like my body and my perception of my body are works in progress. Even when I was thinner- I never felt like I was thin enough. No matter what I did, according to what I was seeing in the media, my body wasn’t good enough. However, in some ways, now after having a … Continue reading Gloria

Julia

As a young girl I remember being self conscious about my body. Somewhere in my parents’ house is an old photo of me in front of a waterfall in Hawaii, eight years old and sitting hunched over on a rock, clutching a plastic inner tube in front of my body. I was ashamed of my … Continue reading Julia

Clare

Being a part of  the MyPostBabyBody project has to be in the top three most frightening and exhilarating things I’ve ever done; having my son, jumping out of an airplane, and now this. Accepting my body for every scar, flab, and wrinkle is an amazingly hard thing to do but this was definitely a huge step toward that … Continue reading Clare

Arianna

I’ll start by saying that as a new, full-time working mother I am incredibly grateful I can still dance. When I was a soon-to-be mama I feared having to give up doing what I love, and not having the time for me. I feared getting fat and not feeling like I could step into a … Continue reading Arianna

Abby

In college I was an egg donor and was told the “average woman gained 5 lbs. in the process”. I gained over 100 lbs. from the hormones of five donations which took years to lose; clearly I’m above average! Not really the over achievement I was looking for at the time but I resolved it … Continue reading Abby

Tamara

My first thought after I agreed to be a part of this project was “What in the hell did I just do?” My next thought was “Which one of my mommy friends can I get to do it with me?” I thought taking pictures, in front of strangers, in my bra and panties, POST baby number … Continue reading Tamara

Arose

Before the birth of my daughter (my first born) I ran 2-4 per week on average about 6 miles, I worked out 5 days a week, I took dance classes, I would go on bike rides… I was at my ideal weight, felt confident, body image was a non-issue. So after the birth of my … Continue reading Arose

Whitney

“Are you pregnant?” this question use to bring me so much joy. I would respond, “yes” proceeded by, “I’m having a boy…five months…this is my first…this is my second.” Lately, however the answer to that question is a lot more simple but the emotions that come with it are a lot more complex. “No, I … Continue reading Whitney

Daniela

Beyonce may have had the best video of all time, but that post baby body is Taylor’d! So many times I’ve had to remind myself, “Dee, it’s real but not realistic.” Sure, give me the top of the line stretchmark-be-gone potion, the most sought out personal trainer, and I’d be prancing around in a two … Continue reading Daniela

Katrina

My postbabybody isn’t actually that much different than my pre baby body. What is different is everyone else’s body. I’ve never had much of a butt, but I’m still not sure if my butt shrunk after pregnancy, or if everyone else’s butt just got bigger. So many celebrities use implants, injections, and photoshop to make … Continue reading Katrina

Patrice

I don’t think much about my body. Perhaps that’s a privileged position however I like to think of it as perspective. I gave up on struggling with weight several years ago, when I decided to permanently change my relationship with how I see my potentials. Essentially my body is all I have, beyond this life, … Continue reading Patrice

Maya

My new body definitely has taken some getting used to. I went up a few sizes from my pre-baby body to the size I am now. Some would say that’s not too shabby but it’s not only the size it’s the difference in my skin as well (and weight distribution). I have learned over the … Continue reading Maya

YOU?

If you are interested in being a mypostbabybody mama please email me at urbanteachermama@gmail.com!

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