The “A Mother’s Body” project is a photography project aiming to normalize, highlight and celebrate mothers’ bodies of all sizes, shapes and stages of motherhood.
Welcome to Year 3!
I’ve always had an athletic build thanks to exercise and sport, but very concerned about what my body looked like, especially in my early 20’s. It was an unhealthy obsession that took a long time to overcome, but as I got older and more mature I was able to (mostly) let go of those negative self images. My husband Jason really helped me on that journey. When I became pregnant at 29, I was a shape I had never been before – round! Exercising the way I was used to was challenging, and my body didn’t feel like my own. I was worried that I wouldn’t like my post-partum reflection in the mirror.
When Georgia was born, all of my selfish concerns just evaporated. I had an appreciation for my body that I never had before. It grew this tiny, perfect human, and now it was responsible to nourish her and help her continue to grow and thrive. I didn’t mind what I saw in the mirror. I had no desire to exercise for a long time post-partum, and I didn’t feel guilty about it. I didn’t obsess with the number on the scale – hell, I didn’t even step on it because I didn’t care what I weighed for once in my life. I just cared about Georgia. She changed my body image, she changed my life. I am comfortable in my own skin, and want her to grow up knowing that she is beautiful inside and out. A healthy body image for her starts with me.
Thank you Erin (and Georgia) for sharing your story!