This is the before and after shot every mum needs to see

This is Melbourne mum of two, Laura Mazza. The photo on the left was taken before she had kids, and by society’s standards, she had a bangin’ bod. The pic on the right is Laura post-children, complete with stretch marks, thicker legs and ‘jiggly tummy’. This mamma has a message for us all, about what’s healthy and what’s important when it comes to post-baby bodies.

We love mums with a strong sense of self, whether they’re shutting down the body shammers one ignorant comment at a time, or showing us every mum feels the pressure to lose ‘baby weight’.

Today, we’re applauding our new fave mamma, the hilarious Laura Mazza, who blogs as The Mum on the Run. She recently uploaded an image on her Facebook page, but was quick to point out that this isn’t an ordinary before and after weight loss image. It’s actually the opposite.

“On the left – This was my body before kids,” Laura explains. “No stretch marks or scars from belly button piercings. A belly button that was high. A flat stomach. I was always on a diet back then. And this was the best diet I went on.”

The diet Laura was on involved no carbs and the bare minimum of vegetables. It mainly consisted of meat – which caused her heartburn. But she loved the comments, people telling her she looked fit and healthy. “I was so proud. I showed off my body.”

Body after babies

And then came Laura’s two beautiful children, and a new body. “On the right is me now. Stretch marks. A droopy belly button. Thicker, not many bones protruding, but more dimples that represent cellulite. People don’t want to see this photo. All of a sudden it’s not okay. It’s not pleasing to the eye anymore. It’s not a body to be admired.”

Laura admits that now she rarely denies herself any type of food. Yes she eats fruit, veg and carbs. But she also indulges in cakes, chocolate and “sometimes 20 chicken nuggets”.

“The scars and stretch marks and jiggly tummy is because I made humans. I ate a little more cake, I drank a little more wine. I made mug cakes at 9pm and snuggled on the couch with my husband. But for some reason, I didn’t love this body. It’s sad.”

Laura explains that she felt this new mum bod didn’t deserve the things her former body did – sexy underwear or new clothes. She didn’t even want to take pregnancy photos because she was ashamed of this new body.

‘Love makes you fat’

Eventually, this outspoken mum has come to the realisation that her post-babies body is the one that should be celebrated.

“I have achieved more with this body, then I have with my old body. I’ve eaten more good foods. I’ve lived more, I’ve given more, I’ve enjoyed more. I’ve made life.”

And she’s calling on all mums to try and think about their bodies in the same way. “Love your body, because you truly really really, only get one! And it’s STILL sexy to wear granny jocks! Woop woop!”

Of course, she still wants to look like she did in the first photo, but it’s ok that she doesn’t right now. “I want to get there in a healthy way, mentally and physically. I want to be proud and at peace with this body. And I want to like what I’ve got now. Love makes you fat.” Preach, lady!

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