I have always been petite and somewhat lucky in that I never really had body insecurities. I think my mom did a really good job at teaching me to stay active, eat in moderation and just take care of myself and feel good about my body. After I got pregnant though, my body insecurities went through the roof. I remember being 37 weeks pregnant and coming home crying after someone told me how big I looked. And I know they weren't being mean or saying I was fat but man, after feeling huge for what seemed like forever and then being told that, it was definitely hard to hear. And now, even though I'm back to being the exact same size as I was before I had my baby, the way my body carries weight is completely different. I carry so much more weight in my midsection and thighs than I did before, and because this was so new to me I just felt so badly about myself and my body. I don't have stretch marks but I certainly do have other weird marks that pregnancy brought on and that never went away. The summer after I had my daughter, I refused to go anywhere that required me to be in a swimsuit or anything revealing. Being in a bathing suit never really bothered me before but this new body of mine just made me feel so uncomfortable that I couldn't even think of putting it out there for the world to see. I'm hoping that some of you new mommy's can relate as it's so indescribable, all the feelings that you go through when you have a baby, plus a whole new body. Your mind plays some weird tricks on you and you just feel like a completely different person.
Because I love Target's message I had to let you know what #NOFOMO means:
#NOFOMO – is all about embracing the season with no reservations, just confidence. #NOFOMO is Target’s rallying cry to stop missing out on the best of summer because of body insecurities, swimsuit avoidance or lame excuses.