What has the world come to when women are criticized for how much weight they gain during pregnancy and how fast they lose it? From articles criticizing one expectant mother’s weight gain to those that chide new moms who don’t shed pounds right away, I’m pretty fed up with the policing of womens bodies when they’re carrying a child, whose health should be the main focus.
That’s why Tamera Mowry’s latest interview was especially refreshing to me. She and her twin sister, Tia, shared how they learned to embrace the change their bodies went through while they were with child.
According to Necole Bitchie, Tamera wrote on her blog after the Essence Black Women in Hollywood luncheon:
“This was my first official public experience after my pregnancy, so I wanted to arrive with a bang![…] I felt like one hot momma!! I wanted to show off my new boobies (lol) and flaunt my post-pregnancy body – I’m still getting used to all these new curves, but that doesn’t mean I need to hide my figure. I’m proud of my body!”
Tamera also said:
“There’s a lot of pressure, especially when you see people like Claire Danes and Megan Fox. At first you’re shocked. You’re like, ‘My body’s completely different.’ Your boobs are in your face, you have stretch marks, you have curves that you never had before…. My husband said, ‘Happy girls are pretty girls,’ and he keeps telling me that. Enjoy the phase that you’re in. I’m enjoying it!”
Tia echoed her sentiments:
“I remember when I had my baby. I was looking at everybody like ‘Damn, how are they on the beach after two months in a bikini? What the hell are they doing?’ I went to my OB because I thought something was wrong with me, because that’s all I would see! And she said, ‘No, honey, that’s fine.’ […] I think if you ask any pregnant mom, they’re like ‘I want my body back,’ but it takes time. It takes nine months for your body to get that way and it’s putting on that weight on purpose.”
Kudos to them for being honest and transparent about their journey to embrace their post-pregnancy bodies.