It can be hard coming to terms with the sometimes dramatic changes that your body undergoes during childbirth. But ultimately, a mom’s body is one that has performed the miraculous feat of growing and giving birth to a child.
Cosmo and Redbook asked five moms to try on bikinis for the first time since giving birth and interviewed them on how they really feel about their “mom bods.” While the women don’t seem exactly thrilled to have gained weight or stretch marks, they ultimately describe their bodies as strong and beautiful.
One woman sums it up when she says, “I was really self-conscious when I was a size 6, and now I just don’t care. I have more important things to worry about.”