Tired, sleepy, in pain, exhausted, alone. This is how most women feel postpartum.

After birth, the journey through the adaptation first weeks or months of motherhood can be crazy for moms, especially those who don’t have a solid support network.

Hormones are going nuts; everything is new, the anxiety of having to learn to take care of the life you just gave birth to…it’s not uncommon for you to forget to take care of yourself, something you still need to do during this time of your life.

Photo taken from the Life After Birth Project

This woman who is transformed, emotionally, and psychologically, has also changed physically: the marks of generating a new life and giving birth can stay with you for weeks, months, or even for years. A slight remaining bump, flaccid skin, stretch marks, surgical scars, all of these things tell a little bit about the story of your child’s birth and your transformation into a mother. The perfect postpartum body only exists in social media or a highly-edited fantasy. Lets focus on the beauty of a real postpartum body.

Photo taken from the Life After Birth Project

The @lifeafterbirthproject showcases pictures of 250 women postpartum, proud of their marks. Among them are comedian Amy Schumer, actress Jemima Kirk and tv hosts Jillian Harris and Ricki Lake.

Photo taken from the Life After Birth Project

The project was a success when it launched in New York in August 2019 and then headed up to Toronto, Canada, when it stayed for September.

Photo taken from the Life After Birth Project

It’s an initiative from the underwear companies Knix and Carriage House Birth. It was inspired by the experience of Kinx’s founder, Joanna Griffiths, who, after having her first child, wanted to see real pictures of women during postpartum on social media. Check out some of the project’s pictures and make peace with your own beautiful body.

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