Mom Shares Powerful Image Inspiring Women to Love Their Post-Pregnancy Body
by Lisa René LeClair
Photograph by Instagram
Emily and Thomas
Marson are a storybook romance. After meeting on a dark beach and talking for
hours, the two instantly fell in love and began a new life together. And, last October, the couple welcomed twin baby boys: Arthur and Finley.
smooth delivery, Emily told Mom.me that Arthur—the older of the two—came out
"struggling to breathe."
"He had to
be resuscitated and was in ICU for three days. We were all in the hospital for
a total of eight days and, since then, it's been a beautiful journey and one I
will never forget."
couple has since maintained an exquisite photo memoir of the boys' lives on Instagram
that captures the agony and ecstasy of parenting. Some of the photographs, in fact—like this
gorgeous shot of Emily's pregnant belly or the one of her simultaneously
breastfeeding her twin babies—is a tribute to all mothers.
One photo in
particular, however, raises the bar of acceptance to a whole new level. In a heartfelt
"love your body" message, the young mom shared an image of her infant
sons lying next to her imperfectly perfect stomach.
quite a personal post but I am now four months postpartum and beginning to
embrace what my body has become,” Emily writes.
housed two beautiful babies for 36 weeks and breastfed for 5 weeks," she continues, while adding that her pregnancy wasn't "exactly an easy ride." She was hospitalized for dehydration and early contractions, but despite the struggles, she says that she is so proud of herself.
"I carried such beautiful children and
gave them food, warmth and most importantly all the love that I never thought I
had," she writes. "[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.”
She ends on a
powerful note that speaks to us all.
marks DO NOT define you, your scar DOES NOT define you, your flab DOES NOT
define you,” she continues. “You are incredible, you are a mother and you are the
light of your babies' eyes."