Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Hands Up If You Feel Like A Beached Whale?

Pregnancy is a trying time on your body for a number of reasons, the most obvious of which is waddling around like Gloria from Happy Feet (without quite so much class), rolling out of bed like a beached whale and substituting your regular wardrobe for circus tents.  Those kind of changes can really take their toll on our self esteem.  

There's a lot of pressure on women to maintain a certain figure in order to be beautiful and although we have a free pass during pregnancy be warned.... that pressure returns with a vengeance when it's time to lose the baby weight.

We thought we would take a moment to remind you that being bumpalicious isn't about being gorgeous on the outside. It's about carrying yourself with confidence and beauty from within. It's about being there for your family and friends in times of need. It's about handling yourself with a quiet dignity and a bit of class. It's about enjoying the time you have while you have it. 

So when it's all said and done, when you've brought your precious child into this world and when you're standing in front of a mirror frowning at your post-baby body we'd like you to keep this story in mind.

A while back, at the entrance of a gym, there was a picture of a very thin and beautiful woman. The caption was “This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?”

The story goes, a woman (of clothing size unknown) answered the following way:

“Dear people, 
Whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, seals, curious humans), they are sexually active and raise their children with great tenderness.

They entertain like crazy with dolphins and eat lots of prawns. They swim all day and travel to fantastic places like Patagonia, the Barents Sea or the coral reefs of Polynesia.

They sing incredibly well and sometimes even are on cds. They are impressive and dearly loved animals, which everyone defends and admires.

Mermaids do not exist.

But if they existed, they would line up to see a psychologist because of a problem of split personality: woman or fish?

They would have no sex life and could not bear children.

Yes, they would be lovely, but lonely and sad.

And, who wants a girl that smells like fish by his side?

Without a doubt, I’d rather be a whale.

At a time when the media tells us that only thin is beautiful, I prefer to eat ice cream with my kids, to have dinner with my husband, to eat and drink and have fun with my friends.

We women, we gain weight because we accumulate so much wisdom and knowledge that there isn’t enough space in our heads, and it spreads all over our bodies.

We are not fat, we are greatly cultivated.Every time I see my curves in the mirror, I tell myself: “How amazing am I ?! “

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