Tiger stripes & wobbly bits

So the summer holidays are officially here. As little man is only just nearly 2, I don’t have to think about proper summer holidays and childcare, as we just carry on as normal.

The major different of summer with a child is dealing with a mum tum.

You know what I mean…going to the beach and seeing all those summer ready bodies. Then looking down at your own tiger stripes and wobbly bits and feeling incredibly self conscious.

Does it get easier? Apparently not.

This is my second summer with a mum tum, and I am always self conscious.


If I am completely honest, I am skinny. I know that. Yet, I can not shift that last bit of wobbly mum tum. It is there as a reminder that I am a mother.

I am not ready to embrace the tummy yet – I have more of a try and hide it and pretend it is not there sort of attitude this summer.

I know, I know. Everyone reading this is probably screaming at me to stop being silly and embrace the tiger stripes. I know I should, but I have always been quite self conscious.

I make sure I eat healthy, I feel guilty about eating naughty things then torture myself for the rest of the day.

I also try and make time to go to the gym at least 3 times a week – hoping that by combining healthy eating and exercise, it should shift the wobble.

I don’t need to lose pounds, I need to gain muscle.

Of course, I am not ashamed of my tummy and what having a baby has done to it. It is a sign of motherhood and I have definitely earned my stripes.

But it doesn’t mean that I am embracing it…not yet.


So this summer, lets make a pact – lets enjoy summer, enjoy being able to spend time in the garden with our little ones watching them have fun.

Not feel bad about our tiger stripes & wobbly bits, and what others may think.

Busy Working Mummy XOXO

A Cornish Mum
The Pramshed

12 thoughts on “Tiger stripes & wobbly bits

  1. Since having my third I’m finding it really hard. Having had c-sections with all 3, there’s always a little ‘pouch’ as I call it. It still makes me self conscious too. Enjoy your summer! #picknmix

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  2. Aw I totally relate to this – I am also pretty slim, but feel self conscious about the kangaroo pouch and faded tiger stripes. It’s hard because that’s something that I feel and hard to shake off! But you’re right, we should all not feel so bad about them πŸ™‚ Hope you have a lovely summer #fortheloveofBLOG

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  3. When we are old and grey (greyer in my case lol) if we let insecurities hold us back we will regret the things we missed out on, we won’t regret not eating enough salad πŸ˜‰ I refuse to let how I feel about my appearance stop me from doing anything, life is for living not for feeling unhappy over things we can’t change.

    Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x πŸ™‚

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  4. You are absolutely right we should embrace our bodies – we made a human! And try not to feel self-conscious, which is really hard, but the focus is on having fun with our children, not worrying about what we look like. I’m sure no one would bat an eyelid too. I’m impressed that you manage to go to the gym 3x times a week, all I want to do when I get home from work is collapse in a heap on the floor. Thanks so much for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

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  5. After 4 babies, I will always have the remnants of my baby cooking pouch and my tiger stripes. I don’t love them, I dont think I ever will. But I am the only one who sees those 1st, I am the only one who judges me for them, and I wouldn’t let them stop me relaxing and enjoying my babies for a second.xx

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  6. I lots great that women embrace them I wish I was one but I’m not. I don’t like mine at all. My skin is kind of saggy/stinky now on my tummy after 3 pregnancies. I’ve opted for one of the cut out swimsuits this year rather than a bikini. Thanks for linking to #picknmix

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  7. Oh yes, the mum tum is a killer. My tummy was probably always my ‘problem area’ but 3 pregnancies have certainly not helped! I went all out in the bikini’s on holiday this year but the Mum Tum won’t be seeing the light of day in the UK πŸ˜‰
    Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub

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  8. You look good πŸ™‚ I have stripes on my thighs, and my tummy. I don’t know if the tummy will ever go away though.



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