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.
Featured photo credit: Jade Beall via 2.bp.blogspot.com