Most of us know what a ‘mummy tummy’ looks like. We soap one in the shower, our jeans are buttoned around one, and we cradle our children against one.
Yet for more than half of us, it’s the least favourite part of our bodies*.
While it’s completely normal for a woman’s tummy to get stretched and lined during pregnancy, and perhaps remain puckered, marked and saggy long after the baby is born, it’s rare to see another mother’s tum. At the beach, our post-baby bellies are often covered with a one-piece swimsuit (with built-in tummy control ), and generally, in the media, Photoshop irons out any evidence of wear, tear, and wobble.
Yet these photos from the xoJane Real Girl Belly Project show beautiful non-Photoshopped bellies, accompanied by awesome stories of belly acceptance.
Here’s just a selection:
For more on piercings while pregnant, click here.
Click here for the entire gallery at xoJane, which contains 75 very happy – and real – tums!
*For more findings from the Fox in Flats Survey on Motherhood and Fashion, click here.
How do you feel about your mummy tummy? Are you with the 53% of mums who can’t stand theirs, or are you in a happier place?
Would you, could you share a photo of yours?