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July 12, 2018

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“It happened. I got asked the words that every woman dreads when she is not pregnant.”

“So when are you due?”

Not due for my period, not due for a poo,not due for the promotion… when am I due to have my baby? That’s what she meant. (My husband said maybe she meant something else worried I’d be upset… no that’s what she meant)

I wanted to say, well actually I had him a month ago, but instead I said “October!” Because I’m an idiot and didn’t want her to feel bad.

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But you know what? I wasn’t upset. I wasn’t sad. I wasn’t embarrassed. I didn’t feel bad. I still look pregnant, and really, why the fuck wouldn’t I?

I keep having babies two years apart. I’ve grown their bones, their eyes, their little noses and toes and I’ve created their little beautiful hearts. My organs squished down to allow them to grow and my muscles separated to let them grow bigger. I birthed them from my lady garden and my sun roof and I fed them from my body.

I stayed up all night feeding them. I am watching them grow and nurturing them and looking after them from a place of pure exhaustion.

A place where I open the door to the postman and my right boob (I call it my Power Tit) is hanging out, my hair matted because I haven’t had time to brush it and wearing maternity leggings…but I look at them, the little things I’ve created and think they’re beautiful, truly beautiful amazing little things.

A friend of mine expressed about feeling so upset that she still had her mum body three months after having her baby…I mean why do I, or she have to worry about hiding the evidence of all that we have achieved? All that we have made? Why should we feel bad? Why should anyone?

On our death beds, are we going to be talking about how we looked after giving birth, or are we going to be talking about the people we gave birth to?

So if you’re still looking pregnant, if you’ve been mistaken for being pregnant, if you got this delicious overhang like me… embrace it! It’s okay to want to change your body but don’t spend one more second hating it in the interim, it’s done something wonderful, it’s made life.

P.s I’m having a postpartum burger baby shower, where I can eat soft cheese and drink wine! Woohoo!

P.p.s I don’t need health or fitness advice, I’m happy. I ate pizza for breakfast because I’m that level of tired. Take my baby for a night and I’ll drink a kale smoothie instead okay?

This post originally appeared on Laura Mazza – Mum on the Run Facebook page

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  • Some never regain their original shape. Besides they have been stretched to a broader body shape.
    They may exercise, eat a healthy balanced diet, eliminate all foods and drinks that could increase weight and still look as thought they could be pregnant. I know one with a 2 y.o. who has done everything right but she has a thyroid problem and has not been able to lose as much weight as she should have.

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  • A good way to look at it, well done.

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  • When I was younger I worried when I put on weight that people would think I was pregnant. This girl is just so positive. Keep smiling.

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  • Love your positivity. I just don’t say anything to anyone these days unless they want to tell me they’re pregnant. I was caught out once and was so ashamed and humiliated at my assumption, that I will never do it again. If anything, I’m now over-cautious.

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  • What an ingenious way of putting it. Wish I’d thought of saying something like this.

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  • I always think it is just plain rude for anyone to comment on a woman’s body regardless of pregnant, not pregnant or at any age. Manners need to be exercised at all times and judgment is really so boring.

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  • Hahaha, what a funny read. Yes, I WILL embrace my ugly belly (after 3 Caesars and then a hysterectomy using same cut I have this ugly overhang. Was fine after the Caesars but the hysterectomy ruined my belly!) It has produced 4 lovely babies-two being twins!

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  • Hilarious article! But a good reminder to accept your body. Pre baby I was very particular about my looks etc post baby… well I leave the house half the time looking like I’ve escaped from some kind of facility!!! Pre baby me would have been mortified! Post baby me couldn’t give a shit! Now pass me another slice of cake.

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  • Love this woman’s sense of humour with it though.

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  • I’m surprised I’ve never been asked. I’m a bit long in the tooth now though. If I had been asked, I doubt I’d worry about it, after all, I know I’m fat and I accept it.

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