Do you remember the days when you could throw a bikini on without giving it a second thought? Apart from a having a quick panic defuzz, you wouldn’t think twice about putting on a two piece.
Our postpartum bodies
But then we have a baby, and suddenly we become scared to wear a bikni postpartum. Our bodies will never be the same again, and so we wonder, how can we ever wear a bikini and put our post baby bodies on show – the loose skin, the stretchmarks and the general droppage?
We shrink back inside our new mum bodies like lost little souls in front of bright you things who prance around gleefully in their two pieces, and vow to give every single bikini to the charity shop.
Time to move on
That used to be me. But six years down the line, something inside me has changed, and thawed. I have been re-embracing the bikini! And it has been feeling good, and empowering! Something flicked inside my head and I realised that I didn’t want to be that woman feeling shoehorned into covering up her tummy anymore. Yes, I wanted to love my body, and be free in a bikini. You see, I didn’t care what people thought because the reality is, they are probably not thinking, looking or noticing anything anyway.
Perhaps I am no longer a svelte, smooth, slinky picture perfect 20 something year old, but I know that if I’m to set a good example to my daughter, I need to throw any insecurity aside and just don the bikini! I may no longer be that woman who can trek over mountains, or rave with the best of them all night. But I am also not a woman who wants to be chained to the insecurity in my head. And I want to empower my daughter to love herself as she grows up, and the best thing I can do is model that.
Re-embracing the bikini
So I ordered a bikini from UK Swimwear, put it on and asked my six year old daughter what she thought. She said, “Mum, I love it!”.
My jaw could have hoovered up the floor.
I lit up inside…and outside. And I realised, that instead of judging ourselves so harshly about what we do or do not wear to the pool or beach on holiday, instead let’s see ourselves with the total non-judgement that children do.
That feeling of ditching the judgement to ourselves is such a liberating one. If we ditch the self judgement, we can wear anything! And according to any five or six year old, we will look fabulous. And since children are the future. I’m going with their opinion.
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*I was gifted the above bikini plus other items from the UK Swimwear range