Posing naked during or after pregnancy is often the last thing that some women feel like doing, but for others it can be both empowering and emotional. Now a new book reveals the truth about women's bodies after they have had children, complete with stunning photos and wise words from the mothers featured, all of whom explain how they learned to love their changing physique. And it certainly doesn't pull any punches. Scroll down for video. New book The Bodies of Mothers contains moving pictures of women after they have given birth. According to experts, birth has a huge impact on a woman's body and many feel their bodies are no longer the same afterwards. But many of the women in Beall's fascinating book say that having their photograph taken helped them to reconnect with their bodies and overcome any negative thoughts about their perceived imperfections. Accompanying the photographs of 80 women who volunteered to be photographed nude or semi-nude are their stories of how giving birth changed them.
Stretch marks are normal and common for every shape, size, and gender. Yet people, particularly women, are still taught that stretch marks are flaws or marks of failure and encouraged to cover them up. Stretch marks are simply lines on skin that develop when skin stretches — whether because of a growth spurt, weight gain, or pregnancy — and elastic fibers under the skin weaken or break. Pretty much anything that pulls on the skin can create them and people of all sizes get them. The lengths, widths, colors, and patterns stretch marks can take are as varied as bodies themselves. Laser treatments, moisturizers, and topical treatments that stimulate collagen production may all minimize their appearance. But stretch marks can also be a source of pride as more and more people are realizing.
How brave of you to show us all your flaws! I try not to notice myself. The gossip mags would have a Circle of Shame field day. Readers share their expert opinions inside. I am just a mummy. I work in an office. Once the clothes are off what would Heat readers say about me? My perception of normality is knocked off balance. I might not share the same space as famous women but I know that I share it with those who judge them harshly. You should be more considerate of others.
With our weight naturally fluctuating over the course of a lifetime, the stretching of our precious skin is bound to leave us with some marks and lines here and there. But unfortunately, we are often taught to be ashamed of them. I started appreciating my stretch marks once I began taking photos of them, documenting my body in a way that made it less scary to show off my lines in public. And despite all that societal weight shaming, I've grown to love my stretch marks and the stripes of others. In many ways, they're a map of our lives recorded in cute little wavy lines across our epidermis.