‘As a child, I never heard one woman say to me, ‘I love my body.’ Not my mother, my elder sister, my best friend. Not one woman has ever said, ‘I am so proud of my body.’ – Kate Winslet
A few months ago I came across this quote and the truth of it stopped me dead in my tracks. What an upsetting truth, that we rarely and almost never hear this, never say this to our bodies, never believe in loving our bodies, regardless of how we think we should look.
As the world clung to one form of media or another this week as Kate Middleton gracefully stepped out of the hospital with her post-baby belly, it’s hard not to notice the issue of body image being brought to the forefront in a more positive healthy manner. There is such a need to let women embrace their pregnancy curves, before and after baby.
Our bodies are incredible in how they function, fight off infection, and even how they nurture and heal themselves after pregnancy. Our bodies are made for pregnancy and it is also capable of returning to a healthy pre-pregnancy state. The thing is, it doesn’t happen over night.
It’s refreshing to see a new openness and gentle honesty be brought to light to allow women the time it takes to get their bodies back in their own way, in their own time and at a more normal, less frantic pace without the fear of how they look. Instead we can focus on what really matters. Whether a woman has had a child, plans on having one or not, the conversation started this week is the tipping point for change.