What I Thought Would Fix My Body Image: Part Three (Motherhood)

Marriage didn’t fix my body image issues. In some ways, it may have made them worse! But, there was still something I hadn’t tried. I knew if I could just get pregnant, then, somehow, I’d feel better about my body. After all, in my mind, pregnant women didn’t need to worry about how they looked. They had a baby growing in them! What an awesome job and responsibility. How could anyone nurturing a baby in their womb stress over calories or the shape of her bum?

Oh, but, this is the part of the series where you learn how dense I truly am. Haha. Can a pregnant woman worry about her body image? Uh, yes and double yes! Here’s my story:

Question for Reflection

I have friends who swear that pregnancy fixed their body image struggles. Eating disorders were finally beat because pregnancy made them see their bodies in a new light. But, for me, it had relatively no positive impact.

If you’ve had a baby, did body image bother you while you were pregnant?

If not, are you guilty of imaging that pregnancy will “fix” your struggles?

**Answer below to join the conversation or answer privately in a journal for prayerful reflection later!**

Here’s another post on lessons I learned about how my children were little mirrors who needed me to work on my issues so they wouldn’t repeat them!

Watch and read the rest of the Spring Break Free Series Here.

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