Hayley Garnett from Columbia in the US always knew she
wanted to be a mum.
But before she fell pregnant with her first child, she struggled with an eating disorder and spent hours in the gym and restricted her food intake.
“Before I became a mother, I actually struggled with an eating disorder. I’d spend hours in the gym and starve myself for days on end,” Hayley said.
The office manager and photographer’s weight dropped down to around 40kg which made it difficult for her to fall pregnant as a result of an irregular menstrual cycle.
“I truly felt like I was drowning in hatred for my body.”
But after she welcomed her first son, Arche (5), things took a turn.
Despite being self-conscious of her scars and weight she never relapsed regarding her eating disorder as it was no longer important to her.
“After having my son almost six years ago, I just felt so different about my body after he was born,” added the now mother of three.
While Hayley expected to only have one or two children, her second pregnancy with twins, Ruby, and Ramona (2) came as a complete surprise.
“Once I had my twin girls, I really felt even freer because I had realised what makes me truly happy and content in life, being grateful for the health and happiness of my kids and husband,” she said.
In November 2017, after the birth of her twins, she decided to share pictures of her postpartum body and loose skin.
Hayley shares these raw and unfiltered pictures in hopes that she’ll be an inspiration to other mums and to show them that they’re not defined by their imperfections.
“The most difficult part of this journey is that it isn’t a straight path to a destination. It's not linear and there’ll be bumps and hurdles,” Hayley confessed.
Sources: Magazine Features