In praise of the post-partum tum

Do you have body confidence?

There aren’t many women who are happy with the way they look. We tend to complain about saggy backsides, wrinkly tums, bingo wings and wobbly thighs (or a combination of all these) and it’s easy to lose perspective.

The debates have raged for years about the controversy of Photoshopped pictures of celebrities and there have been furious column inches (quite rightly) published about how these altered images contribute to body dysmorphia among girls, teens and women.

And watching celebs apparently pinging back into shape after giving birth (I’m looking at you, Victoria Beckham and Beyoncé) do not help because they only help to reinforce negative body image and make stressed women feel even more wretched about their saggy frames.

So I was heartened to read (in the Daily Mail – sorry) that a woman has created a website called to counter the media obsession of the perfect figure (and yes, I can see the irony of it being in the Mail, which, alongside this feature, has a picture of Natasha Giggs in “tiny white shorts” and Emma Roberts in “see through dress and bikini”).

This website glories in women’s post-birth wobbly bits and stretchmarks and allows them to feel positive about their bodies. This online sorority also features positive comments from other women who have had similar negative body issues.

It’s fantastic; it’s inspirational.

What do you think?


One thought on “In praise of the post-partum tum

  1. Martin Warrillow

    I’m sure you’re not surprised to learn that I wholeheartedly agree with every word.
    In the spring 2012 edition of British Naturism magazine, we had three ordinary women, ranging in age from their late-20s to their late-50s, separately talking or writing about how they had become interested in naturism because it showed them that there is no such thing as the perfect body. Indeed, it showed them that there are as many body shapes and sizes as there are people on the planet and each one is just as good as the other.
    The media obsession with ‘the perfect body’ is as dangerous for teenagers as it is for post-partum mums.
    So here’s to, here’s to Jayne’s blog post and here’s to the idea that our body is what it is and we should celebrate it.
    There are an estimated four million people in the UK who have enjoyed a naturist experience, either at a swim or sauna, or on a beach. Why not join them – and feel positive about your body?

    Martin Warrillow,
    editor, British Naturism magazine


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