Bridget Young (24) and Fynn (15 months)
West Salem, WI
Bridget shares -
“I struggled growing up with body image, always wishing for some part of my body to look "better". I have more confidence in my body now than I ever had before. Being pregnant was truly when I felt the most confident and beautiful that I ever had with my body. My body grew, birthed and now continues to nourish a human. Some days I still look in the mirror and pick out the things I wish were "better", but then I remind myself of that awesome human I brought into this world.
Postpartum with Fynn the first two months was hard. I was so absolutely in love, trying to figure out the whole parenting thing, but breastfeeding was HARD for us at first. I never expected that at all, breastfeeding was supposed to just be natural. I would sit there while he was nursing and literally sob because it was so painful. Tongue and Lip tie issues which doctors continued to just brush off lead to extremely painful nursing. With my determined as hell personality we are still breastfeeding to this day! As for my body, it was squishy, always leaking and a completely new territory, but I had never felt better!
Having Fynn at 23 years old, one of the hardest realities for me to accept was friends not being there anymore. People who I thought would have been there, especially after having him and now are no longer part of my life at all really. Along with that, sometimes losing me - putting all that I have into this little human has been a struggle. I often have to remind myself that it is okay to do things for me, to not lose the sense of who I am!
The biggest thing for me was being informed! I had such an awesome support system both during pregnancy and postpartum. Being educated on that fact that I DID have a choice how my birth went and how I raise my child! We broke just about every rule possible, seriously I heard "we don't usually do that" or "That is against policy" countless times when I was in delivery! You have options and Do not be afraid to stand up for what YOU want/ believe in.
I did this for me. To remind myself to love me and be proud of what my body is capable of.”