She had long struggled with her weight, so Joanna was nervous about how her body image would deal with having four babies in five years. But she’s now shared her journey to healthy acceptance of her post-baby body — and it’s pretty inspirational.
It’s supposed to be an exciting time in the lives of mothers-to-be, but pregnancy can also be full of scary hormonal changes and weight fluctuation that can leave you feeling overwhelmed and even disconnected from yourself.
Joanna Venditi from Canada, has given birth three times — first to her son Holden, then daughter Beau, and most recently, twin girls Mia and Everly.
But the self-confessed weight-obsessive didn’t easily find happiness in her constantly changing body.
“Although I coped with my size and weight gain really well during my twin pregnancy, after having my girls was a different story. My postpartum body was literally bruised and battered,” she wrote.
“My distracting enormous but adorable baby bump had been deflated and I was left with mush, bruising, swollen ankles and healing from a c-section. I had this sadness for my body. I felt so badly for it with the state it was in and at the same time was so grateful for what it had do.”