After embracing the ‘Dad Bod’ craze and how it made him feel, Scotty Schrier explores the importance and necessity of a ‘Mom Bod’ craze.
I have been following the ‘Dad Bod’ craze, and I have to admit, it’s pretty nice for dads. If you’re not familiar with ‘Dad Bod’, mildly chubby, nay shall I say, doughy guys are now in! Let’s celebrate the average! I mean, seriously, because I have like two hours left at the end of the day on any given day. Should I spend that time at the gym? Not. Going. To. Happen.
So, while I’ve been sitting here watching the ‘Dad Bod’ thing happening, it struck me: where’s the love for ‘Mom Bod’?
Seriously, do you have any idea how many articles are dedicated specifically to getting women back to their pre-baby bodies? I’m just going to take a stab and say like a billion! Why? Do people really find a woman’s body gross after giving birth?
I’ve heard women talking about not wanting kids because it will, “destroy my body.” I’ve heard other women say they do not want to breastfeed because it will “wreck my boobs.”
My wife has had two kids and I love her body. It wasn’t destroyed. There were not bits of viscera dripping from the walls as my alien children clawed their way out of her. She breastfed both of them and her boobs weren’t transformed into something that looks like The Hulk freaked out on a mountain of Play-doh. Nope. In fact, they are just as attractive to me now as they were the day we met – maybe a little more.
When I see my wife’s body, post babies, I do see that her body has changed. To me, those changes are a physical sign of sacrificial love that fill me with awe. Stretchmarks? Yep, she’s got ‘em. Do I care? Not one bit. Why? Because she’s rocking the ‘Mom Bod’. Yes, her body may be a bit more saggy than it used to be. Yes, her boobs are different than they used to be. That’s nature, baby! Gravity, children, putting up with a husband’s endless shenanigans – they all conspire to change a woman’s body. My wife’s body is a roadmap of love, dedication, self-sacrifice, and devotion – and I love it.
So, let’s hear some love for the ‘Mom Bod’! Rock those stretchmarks! Tummy a bit saggy? Who cares? Rock it! Got some extra love in your love handles? Awesome!
Hell, even if you hit the gym and worked your way back to where you wanted to be, that’s great too! Why? Because everyone should feel comfortable in their own skin. You’re a mom. You’ve got the bod. Just go out there and feel beautiful in it. Why? Because, double standards are for jerks and assholes. If we celebrate ‘Dad Bod’, then let’s get on board with ‘Mom Bod’!
So what can we do to bring some much needed love to the ‘Mom Bod’ – especially if we are dads who are owning the newly-hip ‘Dad Bod’? #Hashtag. Yes, get on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and use this hashtag: #RockingTheMomBod.
Why? Because, women deserve the right to feel as comfortable with their beautiful ‘Parent Bods’ as men do!
Photo: Flickr/Michael Coghlan
Originally appeared on Dads Who Change Diapers