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This Is How Mothers’ Bodies Look After Giving Birth

This Is How Mothers’ Bodies Look After Giving Birth

Once the baby pops out during childbirth, it is a common misconception among women that your belly will immediately shrink back to the size it was prior to the pregnancy. Realistically, it actually takes about 6-8 weeks before the uterus is back to its pregnancy size, according to Silvana Ribaudo, MD, an obstetrician at Columbia Medical Center in New York.

While famous celebrity women such as actress Megan Fox and singer Shakira are flaunting extraordinary post-baby bodies on the front cover of every magazine, it is difficult for the average woman with no time for strenuous fitness or the money for a personal trainer to feel satisfied with their appearance.

To address this issue, photographer Jade Beall produced a series of photographs portraying the body of a woman after giving birth. In the series, Beall covers several women of varied age, height and ethnicity.

The purpose of the series is to empower the true body image of women, and to enforce that it is nothing to be ashamed of. During and after pregnancy it is natural for women to gain weight and stretchmarks that the media would deem as unattractive and undesirable. To Beall this is not the case. Her photographs showcase the natural post-pregnancy loose skin and stretchmarks which celebrate the woman's ability to create new life. Many of the women in the series are also shown with their young children. This brings out the quiestion as to how a mother's post-pregnancy body could possibly be ugly when the life they create is so beautiful. Beall's photos encourage women to embrace the changes in their bodies the way they are, free of photoshop, airbrushing and celebrity weightloss regimes.

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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1. Listen

Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

“Why do you want to do that?”

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“What makes you so excited about it?”

“How long has that been your dream?”

You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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3. Encourage

This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

5. Dream

This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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6. Ask How You Can Help

Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

7. Follow Up

Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

Final Thoughts

By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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