#OurAmazingBodies Portsmouth Mums spread the body positivity message
#OurAmazingBodies Mums celebrate their post-pregnancy body for #OurAmazingBodies campaign
The lovely Charlotte Griffiths, one of our morph alumni and a photographer and Portsmouth based mum of three has captured some wonderful post pregnancy bodies.
The mum of three daughters aged 2,5, and 9, was saddened by hearing new mums who were coming in to have their babies photographed talking about how low they felt because of their lack of so-called ‘perfect figures’ after giving birth. Charlotte decided she needed to take action now for mums today and for her daughters in the future. Chatting to Rachel about a campaign name they came up with #OurAmazingBodies and Rachel built a website for Charlotte to showcase her work and the campaign was born.
Charlotte says: “After childbirth, women often feel the pressure to ‘snap back’ or try and achieve an unrealistic goal with their weight or appearance. Many do not love the way they look or feel, forgetting how amazing their body is with pregnancy and childbirth. A woman’s post-pregnancy body is amazing and should be celebrated.”
A third of us admit to being unhappy with the way we look
Naked Beach the Channel 4 series that just aired has highlighted that a third of us admit to being unhappy with the way we look while *Rosie Bray one of the program creators says
“girls as young as seven say they feel judged on their appearance.
With low body image closely linked to anxiety, depression and poor mental health – and with social media piling on even more pressure – experts are warning that we’re heading towards a body image crisis.”
Our bodies are amazing – join the #OurAmazingBodies movement
Charlotte wants us all to start celebrating the real amazingness of pregnancy and birth and found that mums wanted to join in celebrating their real and truly amazing post-pregnancy bodies.
Charlotte started by contacting her local paper The News in Portsmouth and asking for mums to volunteers for a free photoshoot to show people that there is no ‘normal’ and that every woman’s body is different, unique and beautiful. About 30 mums came forward asking if they could participate. Charlotte shot 20 of them in her studio in their underwear with their babies. She was also photographed herself going first to lead the way with her two-year-old daughter.
“I actually have a waiting list of women wanting to join the campaign and I positively encourage women to join us by either contacting me directly to join my next shoot or sharing their selfies and using the hashtag #OurAmazingBodies.”
“It was lovely having these women come forward and say yes count me in I want to document real post-pregnancy bodies, to show there is no ‘normal’ and to learn to love our new bodies. Our bodies grew and birthed humans. It’s so amazing what we can do and the message should be shared and our bodies should be loved. ”
“I’ve given birth to three wonderful girls and each time my body has changed. I’m lucky in that I have been able to accept these changes as natural consequences of growing three babies and giving birth to them but with the amount of pressure, women are under to look a certain way and ‘bounce back’ after pregnancy in birth a lot of women are really struggling with their body image. This in turns leads to poor self-esteem, relationship problems and in some cases anxiety and depression.”
“This myth that we should snap back into shape is just that -it’s a myth. You’ve carried a baby inside you for nine months your body is going to change and we’ve got to become the kind of society that celebrates this amazing life-giving process rather than shames mums for having stretch marks, sagging skin or a different shape post-birth. They have done something amazing and their bodies should be treated as such.”
“The shock of birth is harsh enough but the reality of your body post birth can be another layer of trauma if no one has prepared you for the changes pregnancy will bring to your body. From uterine contractions when breastfeeding to weeing through stitches its enough of a shock to the system as it is without beating yourself up for not fitting straight back into your pre-pregnancy jeans.”
“To me, the images say it all – beautiful strong women who have created these wonderful new lives, carried them, given birth to them and who are now continuing to nurture them are AMAZING and we all need to celebrate #OurAmazingBodies.
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