The 31-year-old mum-of-two-and-a-bit (her third child is currently cooking) posted side-by-side images on Facebook showing how her body has changed during her different pregnancies.
“I love side by side photos but mine are never the “right” way society deems it should be,” Laura wrote.
On the left she was 14 weeks pregnant, and despite having a virtually flat stomach Laura says she thought she looked “huge”.
“I was embarrassed at how bloated I looked I spent time hiding my stomach even though people knew I was pregnant. I even wore spanks to a wedding because I was afraid of how jiggly I looked. I wanted to get to the right size before I celebrated my bump. I was embarrassed that my husband had this blimp of a pregnant wife and all these people would constantly remind me that I’m gonna have to work hard to go back to my pre-body. That I better not eat too much... I look back and that makes me sad.”
On the right, Laura is pictured at nine weeks along.
“I’m double the size of the first. There’s no muscles in there, I didn’t lose the baby weight after the first kid, nor the second, and after this kid I won’t rush to lose the weight after this one either. The baby is a size of a pea, and in there’s some noodles, some banana lollies and about a kilo of watermelon... doesn’t look like a bump should at 9 weeks, but I don’t care. I won’t hide my little pouch. It’s growing a baby and I should be proud of it.”
The Melbourne-native says pregnant women are under incredible pressure to conform to what others think they should look like.
“I see it all the time, women who think their bumps are too small or too big. Who have people constantly commenting on their pregnant bodies. Constantly saying “you’re sooooooo tiny!” Or “you’re soooo huge!” like it’s okay to comment and a growing baby makes it free for all.”
“And judgement from ourselves of how we are meant to look. The perfect body and the perfect bump that’s alllll bump, but not too big right? (And not too small... otherwise you must surely be starving your baby.)”
But this time around, Laura isn't hiding her body away.
"It’s brought me children, it’s gone through battles, it’s had cancer scares with lumps in my boobs, it’s fought mental illness, it’s wrestled with no sleep and been a home to three kids. Worrying about how big I look surely does it an injustice.
I am a woman, I am a mother. I’m not a perfect size 0, one day I might be but at the end of the day, I’m a perfect mother to my children and future children. I am happy, my children are happy and to me that is all that matters in life."
Hear, bloody, hear.