I have given birth to five babies. I also have MS. I work hard day in and day out to make healthy choices so my kids will have their mommy around for as long as possible. With a disease like this, every single day is precious and I try not to take the time I have for granted.
For too long, I ached to have my pre-baby body back (say that ten times fast). I thought with enough clean eating and exercise, I would once again look like I did in high school. The funny thing is, before I had babies, I hated my body. I have wasted an embarrassing amount of energy body shaming myself.
I have struggled with body image issues since early childhood, but I have come a long way and I hope these pictures, taken on the same day at the same time will help any mommy who is working hard to, not only embrace her post-baby body, but to take pride in it.
These scars and this stretched out skin on my belly represent 5 of the greatest accomplishments of my life. I am no longer ashamed. This summer, I will put on that bikini and enjoy this body that has brought five lives into the world. I will not hide my body to make others more comfortable, and I certainly will not apologize for it.