Mommy blogger challenges idea that “Babies Ruin Bodies”
2013 was a busy year for mommy bloggers. Fitness enthusiast Maria Kang made international headlines after posting a picture of herself wearing work out gear with her three kids and the words “What’s your excuse?” written across the photo. Another mom went viral online after posting a very nontraditional “before & after” photo of herself on Facebook that went viral.
At the end of 2013, a different blogger voiced her opinion. N’tima Preusser of the “We Seek Joy” blog wrote “An Ode to my Postpartum Body.” In the piece titled “Babies Ruin Bodies,” the 21-year-old challenges just that: “I have dark pools under my eyes. A valley where my belly button once was. Hips with a new amplitude that my teenage self wouldn’t recognize. I have lines mapped across the mountains of stretched skin left over on my midsection. Lightening bolts on my sides proving I once was too small to contain all of the love that filled me. Lines indicating that my daughter once lived inside of me. Do you realize the significance in that? Every limb, finger, toe…her heart, even, developed near the very place my own heart beats inside of my chest. Those mountains of skin are all I have left to prove that we were once one and not two.”
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