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The Mid Drift Movement seeks not only to normalize women's post-baby bodies, but to help moms love their bellies, breasts, and other squishy parts.
Minnesota mom-of-four and doula Angie Sonrode has a mission to change society's expectations of how a woman's body should look after pregnancy. Because let's face it ladies, not everyone can look like the celebrity moms we are so used to seeing bounce back seemingly immediately postpartum.
Sonrode had seen too many women bemoaning their bodies after baby, instead of embracing their newfound power as moms. A common sentiment she herself struggled with was, "'Wow! That's a great body EXCEPT...'"
...Except for the not-so-firm anymore belly.
...Except for the not-as-perky-now breasts.
Sonrode's goal is to help her fellow mamas love their post-baby bodies, even if they don't live up to society's definition of perfection. Part of that process includes creating a documentary film, and holding showings, with the hope that after women view the movie, they'll show off their bodies and help normalize what pregnancy really does to the female form.
Here's a preview of the documentary:
As a mom of three, I was very moved by Sonrode's statement about loving your body, except for a certain part. I definitely struggle with my self-esteem after three pregnancies, and often say things like: "I feel good about myself except for my tummy, which I wish was flatter."
Maybe I'll never learn to love my tummy as much as I did before I had kids, and that's okay. But I do see the importance of accepting—and even celebrating—the skin you're in, because after all, this tummy gave me three amazing children whom I wouldn't trade for the most defined abs in the world.
Really, it's my kids who benefit the most from me loving myself. They will learn almost everything about their own self-esteem from watching me. If I can't set a good example of body confidence, how can I expect them to love their own bodies? The Mid Drift Movement couldn't be more important for that reason alone.
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