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How Pregnancy Helped This Woman Learn to Love Her Body

It’s a constant work in progress.
PUBLISHED ON 06/15/2017

Ten years wiser and 50 pounds heavier, Lindsay Wolf has never been happier. And she credits her outlook to pregnancy.

In a recent Instagram post, the actress and mom of two shared two photos of herself, one at age 23 and one at 33.

“On the left is a 23-year-old woman who literally thought she was chubby in the picture shared,” Wolf writes in the caption. “She was self-conscious, critical of her physical shape and always either on a diet or rebelling from one.”

Look right.

“On the right is a 33-year-old woman who is learning to love her body without pressuring it to be anything other than what it is. She is trying out self-love and body positivity for a change. She is getting to the heart of why, at 23, she hated her body so much. And in the process, she is healing a lifelong struggle of never fully seeing herself for the extraordinary human being she is.”

Wolf tells the Huffington Post that the second photo was taken just after she gave birth 19 months ago.

“I’m grinning from ear to ear at him in the photo, because while my body looks vastly different than it ever has before, I was basking in the immediate pride of my body doing something truly magical,” she says. “This body of mine held and grew and pushed out my incredible daughter.”

She points out a catch-22 women face:

“It’s funny―women are cherished while in their pregnant bodies. We are constantly told things like, ‘You’re glowing!’ and how beautiful we are in the state of pregnancy,” she says. “But it seems like as soon as we’ve transitioned into full motherhood mode, the appreciation for what our bodies continue to be capable of―and how they look―goes completely away.”

So how can moms learn to appreciate their bodies even when society doesn’t? According to Wolf, it’s all about remembering what your body is capable of.

“It took becoming pregnant and watching my body support a baby, along with a weight gain of almost 50 pounds over the course of 20 years, to realize that my body is just right exactly as it is,” she says.

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PHOTO: Lindsay Wolf via Instagram