Pregnancy brings a whole host of changes to your body—and while those changes are beautiful, they can also sometimes be hard to accept. Learning to love your pre- and postpartum body isn’t always easy, but one mama is sharing pictures of her maternity photoshoot in an effort to encourage moms everywhere.
Mom Christina Abiola shared the images from her shoot on her Instagram. The photos show Abiola, who kept putting off the shoot, at 38 weeks pregnant, posing with her husband.
Initially, Abiola wanted her stretch marks edited out of the pictures. But when she finally did the shoot, her photographer told her editing the stretch marks out of the photos would be impossible. So what did Abiola do? She let go of her self-consciousness and shared the photos shortly after giving birth to her daughter on October 24.
“I wanted to do a maternity shoot, but I was feeling insecure because I was growing all these stretch marks and I’ve never really had stretch marks before,” Abiola said. “I just kept delaying.”
Learning to love your pre- and postpartum body isn’t always easy, but we’ve got some tips that can help.