Growing baby bumps aren't a foreign concept to this savvy mom.
Laura Mazza knows all about expanding bellies and the babies that come with them. Her “Mum On the Run” blog and Facebook page are extremely popular among moms, as Mazza shares her own experience of raising a houseful of little ones. Her followers love reading along with someone who’s going through the shared joys and struggles of bedtimes and feedings and everything in between.
She recently touched upon pregnancy self-image, and the message really resonated with her readers.
Mazza posted this belly photo collage on Facebook and shared her own struggle with body comfort during pregnancy. The left side shows her first-time baby belly at 14 weeks; and the second shows her at 9 weeks during her third pregnancy. The difference between the two shots is pronounced and hard to miss. Both pictures are beautiful in their own right, but that difference is precisely what Mazza aimed to address.
The pressure to look a certain way is real to many new and experienced moms alike.
What Mazza wanted to show her followers and moms in the same boat is that bodies look different and expand faster with each pregnancy, and that’s OK. She says that, initially, having a bump was hard because she thought she needed to live up to some sort of image standard, and that left her feeling mentally drained.
Of her first pregnancy, she says, “I was embarrassed at how bloated I looked. I spent time hiding my stomach even though people knew I was pregnant.”
Time and experience help with perspective.
Mazza isn’t shy about being honest with the initial discomfort surrounding her growing bump. Her anecdotes about reluctantly agreeing with people who told her how hard she would have to work to get her body back in shape struck a chord with new moms and had them nodding along. But Mazza is straightforward when she says she finally conquered that mindset and flipped her perspective around.
“I won’t hide my little pouch. It’s growing a baby and I should be proud of it,” she wrote.
This time-tested mom has some wisdom that's sorely needed for new expectant moms in the trenches.
Mazza manages to concisely say what many moms who’ve been there and done that are thinking. A body that has and is carrying a baby currently is a beautiful thing, and measuring it against pre-baby bodies isn’t realistic or helpful.
She writes, “Bodies change. It’s brought me children, it’s gone through battles, it’s had cancer scares with lumps in my boobs, it’s fought mental illness, it’s wrestled with no sleep and been a home to three kids. Worrying about how big I look surely does it an injustice”