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Art Interlude: Postpartum–a self portrait

Postpartum by Celeste Bocchicchio-Chaudhri

For those of us who come to parenting through pregnancy and childbirth, part of making sense of our new role and identity as Mother is confronting the changes to our bodies. Here, in oil pastel on paper, is my tribute to my postpartum body: lopsided breasts, stretch marks and all.

Given the media obsession with celebrity moms who sprout tiny round baby bumps, have their babies, and then sport bikinis in bodies suspiciously unmarked by pregnancy, I think it is important for those of us who don’t have (or want) an army of plastic surgeons at our disposal to celebrate the beauty of our changing bodies.

I think my stretch marks look like flames.

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