The Rise of the 'Mum-Bod'

The Rise of the 'Mum-Bod'

There's always something in the news about the latest male celebrity and how he's rocking a dad-bod. Now, I'm all for a dad-bod, they're my favourite, BUT, why is it that when a woman who is in the public eye gives birth, people are somehow shocked when she still has her postpartum belly? Or, even that her body looks different to before?

Women constantly live under pressure to be 'the perfect woman'. As Tina Fey once said,

"Now every girl is expected to have Caucasian blue eyes, full Spanish lips, a classic button nose, hairless Asian skin with a California tan, a Jamaican dance hall ass, long Swedish legs, small Japanese feet, the abs of a lesbian gym owner, the hips of a nine-year-old boy, the arms of Michelle Obama, and doll tits..."

and it's true! You've literally just pushed a child out of your vagina or had them taken through your stomach, and people are wondering why you're not bouncing around a gym trying to get your figure 'back'. How about because my child doesn't sleep? How about because I want to lay down forever? How about because I prefer cake? Or... how about BECAUSE I DON'T WANT TO?! 

Being a mum is tough, we all know that (it's why we're here, on this website), but some of the worst culprits are mums. We celebrate how quickly we can get back into our normal jeans postpartum. I say, if you never fit in them again, then who cares? It's a PAIR OF JEANS!

As I'm writing this, I know I'm full well a hypocrite. Not because I think mums should be instantly back to their pre-pregnancy size, but because I am the biggest critic of my body! I've always been harsh on myself, but I want to start turning that around. We need to start celebrating ALL our bodies. Whether they're big, small, round, flat, young, old, have given birth, or have never wanted to have kids, we all deserve to be happy and confident in the skin we're in--especially us mums--we've grown a human for crying out loud!

So, here and now, I say we celebrate each and every mum-bod on here. Who's with me? Let's see a #riseofthemumbod!

Helen M Follow

Hi, I'm Helen, I live in Sheffield, UK with my husband and my wonderful, spirited one-year-old girl. I was struggling with my motherhood journey, so started a blog and Instagram to help me get my feelings out. I’m a fully-fledged member of the No-Sleep club and have eye-bags so big that nothing will hide them. I love to bake, write and read – when I’m not building Duplo towers, cleaning up custard and trying to squeeze in a shower.

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