Following on from last week’s blog about strong not skinny I thought I would talk this week about the “Mum Tum”….

Some mums get stretch marks – some don’t

Some mums have big bumps when they are pregnant – some don’t

Some mums have Caesarian section operations to deliver their babies – some don’t

Some mums are happy to show the flesh on their tummies – some aren’t

I have experienced a combination of all the above.

Carrying three children in the space of 16 months is a big ask of any body. My body held up incredibly well to the test. Max was delivered naturally and the twin girls were delivered by planned C-section at 38 weeks as they were both breech.

I actually think my pregnancy bump was bigger when carrying Max than it was when I was carrying the twins.

I am left with permanent reminders of having grown three children inside my body when I look at my “mum tum” – I have stretch marks and a saggy loose bit of skin around my belly button which no matter how much “core” work I do I think will ever become toned….

My children ask questions about the stretch marks when they see them. I feel conscious of them when wearing a bikini in public. I very rarely expose my tummy and as such struggled to find a photo of me with my tummy showing!! I did find this one from Yateley 10km 2 years ago in the midst of a heatwave when I just couldn’t face running with a vest over my tummy!

Looking at this photo actually brings back lots of memories as a week after this race I was diagnosed with a stress fracture in my hip (I just thought I had a tight hip flexor!) – I was the lightest I have been for some time in this photo, wasn’t fuelling to my optimum (not intentionally – mainly because I am “busy Mum” and was making enough time to think about my nutrition needs) and my periods were rather erratic – all tale tale signs of “danger”….

I’m very conscious that not everyone that wants to become a Mum is able to for a whole host of reasons. I consider myself very lucky and fortunate to have been able to become a Mum and therefore the “mum tum” is something I will value and feel blessed to have; even though I find it quite unsightly. But that’s just aesthetics…..what does that really matter??

About the author Ellie Barnes

Ellie is widely qualified and experienced within the fitness industry and she also competes at a high level so she knows at first-hand what it’s like to set demanding goals and achieve them.

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