Reasons to Embrace the MomBod
It’s been a full year since the #dadbod craze took over the internet, and sadly we have yet to come full circle for the dreadfully underappreciated #mombod. It doesn’t help that most nanays are depicted on TV as daster-wearing frumps with unattractive bobs who lather on their motherly and authoritarian natures in equal, if not bipolar, measure. Heaven forbid a single mother is depicted in mass media as anything other than a woman who has fallen from grace, doomed to a life of struggle and social shame.
So it isn’t a surprise that most moms of a certain age just stop caring. They don their dasters (which, don’t get me wrong, are awesome), chop off their hair (also, awesome) and lose themselves in the already daunting task of tending to their families. After having already undergone rapid, and in some cases detrimental, changes to their bodies, the media pays women no favors in depicting mothers in such a dishonest manner. Either they’re svelte and drop-dead gorgeous, looking like they had never even carried a child, or they’re frumpy and matronly—nobody wins. Most especially moms who, for all their efforts at the gym, still carry the tell-tale marks of their children on their bodies.
Well forget that. Everyone needs ditch their dasters and get on the mombod train, in our case the nanaybod—lovehandles, stretch marks, scars and all. Here are just 8 reasons to embrace it.
8. You don’t need to be a mom to have a mombod.
Forget the media construct. You’re deserving of love and appreciation, no matter what size, shape and color you are.
7. You start to value yourself more and how you look less.
Because we could all use a little less time primping in front of the mirror.
6. You become a more accepting and forgiving person.
Once you’ve accepted yourself in all your flawed, fierce glory, other people are a cakewalk.
5. Your body is a constant reminder of how amazing humans are.
All it takes is one look at your child. You made that. Your body, your blood, your bones, your blood, sweat and tears went into creating that magnificent creature that you call your baby. If that doesn’t make you feel amazing, then nothing will.