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Many moms celebrate the changes they go through during pregnancy, but they often aren’t quite so thrilled with all of the features of their post-baby bodies.
A Minnesota couple is hoping to help new mothers love their bodies again with an effort aptly called the “Mid Drift” movement.
“Our purpose is to change society’s unrealistic expectations of what a mother’s body should look like and to embrace motherhood’s physical transformations,” the group’s website says. (Motto: "Exposing the soft underbelly of motherhood.")
The movement was founded by Angie and Mike Sonrode, who have four children. Angie Sonrode says it hasn’t been easy for her to expose her belly after becoming a mother.
“I do wish that I didn’t look at myself and think, ‘Wow, that’s a great body except … ’” she said in an interview with KARE-TV.
She isn’t hiding her belly, though. “Empowerment is my goal,” she said as she lifted her shirt in the interview, with one of her kids taking a peek.
Angie knows how the changes that come with a post-baby body can affect many new mothers through her work as a doula.
“I sit with these moms, I see them crying,’” she told the station. “I see them saying to me, ‘I just don’t love my body anymore.’”
The Sonrodes want to help moms regain their love for their bodies. They are making a documentary called “Mid Drift,” about the postpartum experience around the world.
“One of the things we really intend to do... is have showings,” she told KARE. “We’ll show the film and then we’ll have mothers show each other their bodies.”
There are various body parts women are concerned about after giving birth.
“For some women, it’s their stomach,” Angie Sonrode said. “Others, it’s their arms, their breasts, their hips, their legs.”
The movement hopes to bring women and their loved ones together.
“We want to start a conversation that I hope will never end,” the movement’s website says. “One in which mothers do not make excuses for their shapes or scramble to cover up tugging at their shirts and smoothing out their stretch marks. One that brings mothers, daughters, sisters, sons, friends, and partners together in a love note to our postpartum bodies.”