BELLY: Laura Mazza showed off her pregnancy bump transformation
Womens’ bodies are constantly under scrutiny in today’s society and one woman bravely opened up about her experience in a candid Facebook post.
Laura Mazza posted two photos of her pregnant self – in the first she was 14 weeks along with her first child and the second showed her nine weeks along with her third baby.
Revealing how she judged her own bump during her first pregnancy, Laura said: “I thought I was huge. Huge.
“I was embarrassed at how bloated I looked, I spent time hiding my stomach even though people knew I was pregnant.
“I even wore Spanx to a wedding because I was afraid of how jiggly I looked. I wanted to get to the right size before I celebrated my bump.
“I was embarrassed that my husband had this blimp of a pregnant wife and all these people would constantly remind me that I’m gonna have to work hard to go back to my pre-body. That I better not eat too much… I look back and that makes me sad.”
The second time Laura fell pregnant, she was asked whether she was carrying twins due to the size of her bump – making her feel insecure about her body during a vulnerable time.
But now she’s learnt to embrace her figure – no matter what size her belly is.
Laura said: “Now I think I’m about nine weeks, this is my third child. I [am] double the size of the first.
“I won’t hide my little pouch”
“There’s no muscles in there, I didn’t lose the baby weight after the first kid, nor the second and after this kid I won’t rush to lose the weight after this one either.
“The baby is a size of a pea and in there’s some noodles, some banana lollies and about a kilo of watermelon… doesn’t look like a bump should at nine weeks, but I don’t care.
“I won’t hide my little pouch. It’s growing a baby and I should be proud of it.”
Stressing that happiness and health are both more important than the way you look, Laura urged others not to comment on womens’ figures.
She said: “I’ve been through so much with this body, how can I resent it and hide it away? Bodies change.
“It’s brought me children, it’s gone through battles, it’s had cancer scares with lumps in my boobs, it’s fought mental illness, it’s wrestled with no sleep and been a home to three kids. Worrying about how big I look surely does it an injustice.”
Laura added: “I am a woman, I am a mother. I’m not a perfect size 0, one day I might be but at the end of the day, I’m a perfect mother to my children and future children. I am happy, my children are happy and to me that is all that matters in life.
“And please well meaning individuals who feel the need to comment on a pregnant woman’s body, or any woman’s body, know this, the only time you should worry if something is too big or too small, is the cake and flowers you’re gonna buy her for being such an amazing human being.”
The mummy blogger, who goes by Mum On The Run online, racked up 1,900 likes for her body positive post.