Stretch Marks - All That Glitters is not Gold

When I reflect on the shape of my body, I am reminded that not all that glitters is gold. My stretchmarks glitter, silvery, in the evening light, and when I see them I think about how my relationship with my body has changed over time....more

Mom bullied at the beach for wearing a bikini

 It was my friend’s first time in a bikini in 13 years. She was on the beach in Alberta, Canada with her two kids, relaxing under the sun when three people began to taunt her.“It started with, ‘oh my god, look. Look! That’s f—— gross!’” Tanis Jex-Blake wrote in a private Facebook group we share. She opened her eyes to see what the commotion was to find two guys and a girl standing above her....more
sheswrite people can be so cruel. I admire the woman for celebrating her hard working bod!more

Taking Care of your Post-Partum Self

Being a new mother is hard. All of a sudden BAM- here is motherhood and you are totally responsible for raising up a little human. It is hugely rewarding, yet amazingly difficult. With all of this new found responsibility the first thing you let go of is taking care of yourself. Showers can wait until the next feeding is over. But guess what, your babe has decided to cluster feed and next thing you know it is 3 pm and you’re still in your pjs. I totally get it....more

For Women Struggling with Body Image After Pregnancy

Here I am. Almost six months after the birth of my second daughter. Complete with stretch marks, sagging skin, extra weight, and everything just…misplaced, for lack of a better word. ...more

Going from One to Two Babies -- Joys, Challenges, and Stretch Marks

In case you've got either zero or one child right now and are contemplating adding another one to the mix, let me share with you a few thoughts on the subject:...more

Can You Erase Stretch Marks?

I think that stretch marks are up there with cellulite as one of the more annoying yet typical skincare issues that millions of people suffer from.  I keep seeing commercials on TV for creams that claim to get rid of ...more

(PHOTOS) Here's My Post-Partum Body: No Fear. No Regrets.

My truth is that my body never returned to what it was pre-baby. My truth is that my stretch marks were not minimal and the stretched skin never really puckered back up. My truth is that my belly button will always look a little weird and wrinkly now. My truth is that there will always be a bit of a lip at the bottom of my stomach from where the loose skin hangs, thanks to either C-sections or very large babies. I wanted to post pictures of my truth to show that I have no regrets concerning this truth. I have no fear of it. ...more
Thank you, thank you, thank you!  This piece is absolutely wonderful.  While I bounced back ...more

Overcoming "Not Enough"

Brenda Parent // The Body Image Project // Review from Body Image Project on Vimeo.  “The words that play over and over in my head are ‘not enough’.” How do we overcome? The scar from a c-section, cellulite, stretch marks…everyone has something about their body that they feel is less than “ideal”.  Some may view these as badges of honor, earned from life’s challenging events, like the birth of a child. Others see them as unforgivable flaws in their appearance.  Our attitudes about imperfection can shape our daily and long-term quality of life.  So- what do we do?...more