Amber Smith (36), Ivy Sunshine (10), and Arlo Moon (7)
How has parenthood impacted your body image?
“I love my body more now than I ever did when I was a young spring chicken. I feel I have earned my womanly body, through time, birth, and true unconditional love from my partner.”
What was your postpartum experience?
Sadly, I suffered major postpartum depression and anxiety after my son. I didn’t realize how bad it was until two years passed. I got on medication which helps immensely. There’s no shame in helping our bodies when they lack a crucial brain connection. Because of my PPD, we’ve had to mend some fences when it came to healthy attachment between my kids and I. Counseling, yoga, meditation, and hard work has helped my son with his anxiety. I’m seeing firsthand that even if postpartum was traumatic, that healing, and true connection are still possible years later. Our kids need more than anything to be SEEN. Looked in the eye and chose over and over again, in the now, for everything they are. And everything they’re not. By continually healing self, I am now able to help heal my children.
What is your truth?
YOU ARE ENOUGH.
Why did you choose to participate in this movement and share your story?
Because the more “real” bodies and true authenticity are seen, the healthier the next generation will be.