This woman's 'mom pooch' post will teach you to love your curves

Jessica Ankomah
<i>Photo via Facebook/I Mom So Hard</i>
Photo via Facebook/I Mom So Hard

When Mary T. Schmich coined the term “retail therapy” in 1986, we wonder if she factored in the postpartum “mom pooch.”

Pop culture has often romanticized the idea of women at the mall: shopping for dresses, gleefully finding the perfect fit — but one mom’s Facebook post sums up just how dreadful the experience can be.

Shared to the popular Facebook account #IMomSoHard, the page’s co-founder, Kirsten, is shown taking a hand-to-hip selfie in front of a mirror in her home. She’s wearing a black shirt and loose-fitting khaki pants next to a caption that reads: “Shopping sucks.”

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Kirsten’s post proceeds to vent on how hard it is finding clothes that complement her body post-baby.

“I had to try on these dresses today and nothing fit. It’s the worst feeling in the world. I’m not big. I’m not small. I’m a size 10 (an 8 at The Gap) … and most of its in my middle because I had babies. I run. I lift weights and I’m strong. And yet these f-cking dresses made me feel weak, misshapen and lumpy, which in all honesty I kinda am,” she writes.

But she ends on a more positive note, saying that even though she didn’t necessarily find the dress of her dreams, she did come to the realization that her mom bod is perfectly fine just the way it is.

“I got home, looked at pictures of my kids, smelled the chicken I had cooking on the stove, and poured a glass of wine. Because in the end, it’s just a dress. And I look better in pants anyway,” she concludes.

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Attracting more than 19,000 likes on Instagram and more than 90,000 reactions on Facebook, there’s no doubt it struck a chord with moms everywhere. Kirsten’s post reminds us all that while motherhood can be hard, reconciling with your body-woes after having changed so much can be the hardest part.

Be kind to yourselves, moms. No dress could ever make you feel as good as a little self-care and acceptance.

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