Pregnancy is one of the most life-changing things any person can go through. I mean, you are literally growing a human life inside your body – it’s about as serious as life gets. However, one very unfortunate consequence of pregnancy is that many women will develop postpartum depression as a result.
It can also be incredibly difficult to come to terms with the fact that some pregnancies can change mothers’ bodies beyond recognition.
What makes this especially difficult is that we are constantly hearing about celebrities who have become new mothers, and yet they have somehow managed to revert back to their pre-pregnancy body within just a few weeks.
Kylie Jenner recently showed off her “unblemished” post-baby body just a month after Stormi’s birth:
The thing is, wealthy celebrities have time to spare and access to personal trainers whereas ordinary women don’t necessarily have the means to easily “improve” their figure after childbirth.
And this is especially true of women who have given birth to twins – not only does this double the chance of scar tissue, but also means double the work that goes into raising those children.
Young British mother, Emily Marson, knows firsthand what it is like to be both a new mother to twins and the owner of a scarred belly. Although she initially struggled to come to terms with her new figure, these days, she wouldn’t change it for the world.
This is a story of self-love and self-acceptance, and it starts back in December 2017 when Marson gave birth to a pair of twins, Arthur and Finley. The doting mother is now urging other women to embrace their postpartum bodies, which she expressed in a very passionate Instagram post.
The Instagram account is specifically dedicated to her sons, and Marson uses it to inform her followers about how she and her husband, Thomas, navigate parenthood and how it has affected their lives.
Marson revealed that her sons were born prematurely and that this, naturally, led to complications shortly after their birth.
During the actual pregnancy, Marson became dehydrated and experienced early contractions which meant that she had to have a cesarean-section which, in a lot of cases, means that mothers will develop a visible scar on their stomach.
In an emotional post alongside a picture of her scarred stomach with her baby boys on either side, Marson went into detail about her journey toward self-love and self-acceptance following the birth of her twins:
“Okay, this is quite a personal post but I am now 4 months postpartum and beginning to embrace what my body has become, I’ve housed two beautiful babies for 36 weeks and breastfed for 5 weeks.
“My pregnancy wasn’t exactly an easy ride these boys wanted to come out early and I was hospitalised a few times because of dehydration and early contractions, our bodies go through a lot, a lot of change and your body is put through an enormous amount and I am so proud of myself that I carried such beautiful children and gave them food, warmth and most importantly all the love that I never thought I had.
“With a scar that I will have for the rest of my life is a tiny sacrifice for a lifetime of beautiful memories with my family. Your stretch marks DO NOT define you, your scar DOES NOT define you, your flab DOES NOT define you. You are incredible, you are a mother and you.”
In an interview with The Independent, Marson said that she posted the very revealing photo in a bit to inspire other mothers to be the most confident version of themselves.
“I wanted to normalize postpartum bodies and make people aware of the reality of giving birth and carrying children,” she explained.
“It’s taken me a long time to accept who I am and I want to help other women accept themselves and feel beautiful just the way they are,” she added.
The moving post has garnered an impressive 2,987 likes, with people from all over the world commending Marson for her confidence and her willingness to inspire others.
One commenter wrote: “I also had to have a c-section around the same time for my son and it was hard emotionally during recovery but seeing your post is definitely lifting and truthful words. Enjoy your twins they’re cute.”
“I had a natural birth with Keanu, four months postpartum. My belly looks like that. I always remind myself when I look at my stomach, how beautiful it is to grow a human being inside us women,” another added.
Emily Marson is an incredible woman – not only for managing to, largely, overcome her post-childbirth worries but also for inspiring other women in the same position. It always makes things easier knowing you have someone to look up to, someone who has been through the exact same thing you have.