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'Moeders wees trots op je post-babylichaam'

Een zwangerschap kan een aanslag zijn op je lichaam en zelfvertrouwen. Daarom lanceerde een Engelse babywinkel deze prachtige en pure campagne met jonge moeders en hun pasgeboren baby's. 'Moeders wees trots op je post-babylichaam' is de boodschap.

Uit Engels onderzoek blijkt dat maar liefst tachtig procent van de moeders hun lichaam na de bevalling gaat vergelijken met onrealistische beelden uit de media. Een kwart van de moeders voelt zich door de media het meest onder druk gezet om iets aan hun lichaam te doen en bijna de helft voelt de behoefte om net zoals celebrity’s op social media meteen aan hun lichaam te werken. Meer dan de helft van de kersverse mama’s wil het liefst verbergen hoe ze er echt uit zien en plaatsen op hun sociale media alleen maar foto’s met filter.

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Body Proud Mums

Dat bracht de Engelse babywinkel Mothercare op het idee van de Body Proud Mums-campagne, waarin tien vrouwen trots en ongefilterd hun lichaam na de bevalling tonen. ‘De beelden tonen de ruwe maar ongelooflijke ervaring van een bevalling’, vertelt fotograaf Sophie Mayenne. ‘Ik wilde ervoor zorgen dat moeders van alle maten en vormen zich op een bepaalde manier kunnen identificeren met deze vrouwen, waardoor ze zich minder onzeker voelen over hun onvolmaaktheden.’

 

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At Mothercare, we believe all mums are beautiful and should feel proud and confident about their bodies #BodyProudMums Sophia, 39 weeks after giving birth: “Before giving birth I was very preoccupied with my figure I worked out a lot and I had very high expectations of myself. Throughout my pregnancy I was shocked at how much changed and it was hard to accept the changes. I had a healthy pregnancy, but it was hard. My belly was full term size at 6 months and it kept growing. I found it really hard to walk and I constantly had people stare in shock at my size. I even had strangers make comments on the size of my tummy. Since giving birth my body image has changed, and I am proud of my body for holding 2 babies. They were born at full term and no health issues. I don’t mind having tummy wrinkles, it’s a small price to pay for these beautiful little girls. To watch my babies grow and achieve their baby milestones inspires me to be healthy and happy and do my best for them – not what social standards tell me I should be.”

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Striemen

De foto’s laten alles zien: striemen, littekens, gezwollen borsten, maar zijn bovenal liefdevolle beelden van moeder en kind. Liz Day, ouderschapsconsulente bij Mothercare zei: ‘We hopen dat deze eerlijke foto’s de diverse realiteit van een lichaam na de geboorte laat zien en dat we moeders laten zien dat elk lichaam mooi en uniek is.’

 

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At Mothercare, we believe all mums are beautiful and should feel proud and confident about their bodies #BodyProudMums Harriet, 26 weeks after giving birth: “I loved the idea of celebrating postpartum bodies. I have always struggled internally with my weight and how I feel about myself. I put on 4 ½ stone in pregnancy and have lost about 2 ½ so far. How can I hate my body when it has given me my beautiful baby boy? My body has done something amazing, and to me that’s the most empowering thing. I feel like I’m doing this for all the mums who wear baggy tops or cry when they look in the mirror. To say: you are amazing! I just say to people it took me 9 months to make him – he’s my priority. It will come off, it just takes time. It’s the people who don’t have children who judge the most. Other mums support each other and tell them they are awesome!”

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At Mothercare, we believe all mums are beautiful and should feel proud and confident about their bodies #BodyProudMums Chantelle, 11 weeks after giving birth: ”I actually love my body. It has done the most amazing thing, and I acknowledge and honour what it has created for me. Any marks left are a welcome reminder of our journey. I was very lucky and had what could be regarded as the ideal pregnancy. I have fibromyalgia, and the hormones from pregnancy made all my pain go away, which was even more amazing for me. The best part of being a mother is seeing my baby’s happy little face each morning. I love the way he looks at me, like he knows how much I love him and he feels safe with me.

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At Mothercare, we believe all mums are beautiful and should feel proud and confident about their bodies #BodyProudMums Louise, 29 weeks after giving birth: “I wanted to do this partly for my own self-confidence, to help with acceptance of my scars and new life. Also, I wanted to bring some attention to post-natal disease and complications. Giving birth caused me to go into sudden liver failure, due to a rare pregnancy related disease. I had to have an emergency liver transplant and spent the first month of my daughter’s life in hospital in London away from her. My shape has changed since giving birth, my scar causes my stomach to be a little disfigured and I lost most of my muscles from being in the hospital bed so long. Sometimes my scar reminds me of the surgery and the difficult recovery I had in my daughter’s early months. However, it’s also a wonderful reminder of how generous other people can be, because without someone’s decision to donate organs I would not have survived to be here with my family now.”

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Bron: Het laatste Nieuws Beeld: Instagram/ Mothercare UK