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Website Lil Loves: The Shape of a Mother


For most new moms, the thought of walking the red carpet just eight days after giving birth is more of a nightmare than a dream. Victoria's Secret model moms may strut their postpartum bodies down the catwalk – in sexy lingerie no less – just a month after delivery, but most of us prefer to keep our bodies under wraps in the weeks and months after childbirth. Though the supermarket checkout lane is filled with magazines showing off yet another bikini-baring, celebrity mom's rapid baby weight diet plan, the true reality is that the physical aftermath of birth leaves us with many postpartum surprises – sagging boobs and stretch marks anyone?

Heidi and Gisele may have bodacious bods, but it is the real woman's post-baby body that should be celebrated. The Shape of a Mother does just that. Founded by a woman who was tired of women hiding their not airbrushed and non-surgery-enhanced bodies under baggy clothing, the site invites moms to upload photos of their post-pregnancy body parts (nude or clothed, anonymously or bylined) for the world to see. The resulting collection of self-portraits, and the stories behind them are both empowering and inspiring.

4 years 17 weeks
I think this website is beautiful-- I'm currently 7.5 months pregnant with my first child. Have been overweight all of my life and I've always hated my body. I finally have found a reason to love my body-- and honestly find it more beautiful than ever before. Sure, I have stretch marks... but they have meaning... and I really don't care if they never go away or if I carry even more extra "flab" for the rest of my life after my son is born. I've surprised my family by wearing sleeveless dresses to parties and by wearing clothes that show off my baby body rather than hiding it like I always hid my "old skin". What a wonderful gift my baby boy has given me-- in loving him, I've learned to love myself too.
GregS GregS 4 years 18 weeks
Oh, you can see your feet, Girl Jen. you just need to stick your legs out - you may need to sit first though. ;) As an old fart male I can appreciate almost any body shape. It takes some positive attitude to pull it off sometimes, but a softer body is kinder on the bones of your partner than an 18 yo hard body. you just went through 9 months of carrying around a lot of extra weight to nurture another life. The extra padding isn't going to go away in a week. The extra breast size won't, either, but is that really a problem? Give yourselves a break! Every body is unique, and it's reactions to the stresses of pregnancy are singular from person to person.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 4 years 18 weeks
@ang1885, awesome outlook! :D By the way, you'll be so happy to see your feet again. I see a few comments about women comparing themselves to the women on the site, and I can see how thinking "It could be so much worse" could be comforting.
ang1885 ang1885 4 years 18 weeks
I'm 7 months pregnant and would KILL to have a flabby tummy or small boobs or any non-pregnant body. I have no problem being pregnant but I can't wait to join most of the human race again and not have a gigantic baby belly. Honestly, these women need to remember how they felt at 9 months and give themselves a high five and some cake!!
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 4 years 18 weeks
I love that website. I wish I could have seen it when I was just a few weeks postpartum. Seeing things like stretched-out moles and lumps of fat and bright pink c-section scars on other women would have reassured me that these things happen to everyone, and that they're something to be proud of. Now I see the lingering stretch marks and the scar as reminders of my daughter and the wonderful things my body did by growing and carrying her.
4 years 18 weeks
this website is to make people feel like they are not alone.. feel like they are beautiful for being a mother.. to accept their body just the way it is.. this website helps a lot of women and their self esteem and the negative comments are simply unnecessary! its not depressing, its reality and its beautiful! dont rub it in that you still have the same body, or that these women make you feel better about yourself! you are really missing the point.. support each other and build each other up, dont tear each other down.
4 years 18 weeks
8 months post partum I have the same pre baby body, thank God!! and sorry but Heidi now has an horribel body!! well maybe not horrible but not super model body
jenni5 jenni5 4 years 18 weeks
That website is just depressing! It definitely looks like they post a lot of worst case scenario pics too.
4 years 18 weeks
I would tell any pregnant mother to go to shape of a mother, to prepare herself for reality. Unless you have a private chef, personal trainer, and nanny chances are you will not look like a supermodel 6 week, 6 months or even longer after delivery. Not to say once you are a mom you should just give up, but pregnancy and motherhood take a toll on your body that you should not feel ashamed of. Feel empowered by your new body, and celebrate what you went through to become a mother!
starbucks2 starbucks2 4 years 18 weeks
Okay, if you are pregnant, especially with your first, DO NOT even consider looking at that website! It will give you nightmares, I am not even kidding... However, it is a great site, reading all those stories and seeing the pictures of real women is great. Makes me feel better about myself, because I look better than most women on there 9 months post-partum...I know that's kinda mean, but I'm just being honest...
depeche3 depeche3 4 years 18 weeks
Wow that website was awesome... I really felt that I was alone in how I looked after close to 6 months post-prengnancy, but now I feel a lot better.