by Anonymous Guest Blogger/ Bend & Blossom mom
I birthed a baby. I might birth more babies. My vagina is not ruined.
Rumor has it that when a woman pushes a baby out through her vagina, that her lady parts are “ruined.” My vagina is not ruined, but it is getting really pissed off. Let me be the one to educate you: The vagina is an elastic, muscular canal with a soft, flexible lining that provides lubrication and sensation. The vagina is elastic and therefore flexible. Since it is elastic, it is able to resume its normal shape spontaneously after contraction, dilation, or distortion. Yes, everything “down there” will go back to normal!
I’ve grown a life in my uterus. My body is not ruined. I’ve nurtured my baby at my breast. My breasts are not ruined. This is about how powerful, beautiful, and certainly not ruined my body is from growing, birthing, and nurturing a baby.
How do we stop the notions that we are flawed as women because our bodies changed after pregnancy and as we became mothers? For some reason, we find ourselves apologizing for birthing and nurturing our babies. We’re more self-conscious of lines, extra assets, and curves when the Kardashians are flaunting theirs. Well I’m done taking it. I’m done apologizing. I’m happy I don’t have to worry about which bikini I’ll be wearing this summer because I’m ready to flaunt my curves and assets. I”m proud of my body and amazed at the powers that my body is capable of! I birthed my baby the way nature intended me to. It’s our culture’s self esteem that’s ruined, not my vagina.