The mummy blogger's body image revelation that went viral
FACED with a ballooning belly while carrying twins, Canadian mother Joanna Venditti had a lightbulb moment that helped her come to terms with her rapidly expanding mid-section.
On her "Nesting Story" blog, Venditti - now a mother of four - said she had long struggled with her weight and had earned a reputation of carrying her first two children with "huge basketball size bellies".
"But growing two babies at once? To be honest I was kind of freaking out about it."
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Her revelation was that she could not treat her body as her own anymore but more like a vehicle carrying her new bubs.
"I finally made the decision that I would disassociate my body from my mind during my twin pregnancy and think of my body as a vessel.
"Guess what… that worked!
"In-fact anytime I'd start panicking about my size I would say to myself 'you are a vessel, you are a vessel'. It became my mantra."
Her new mantra, she said, even helped after the two little ones were born.
She was attempting to drop some weight, but was no longer "beating myself up about it".
"I get it, I am the thirty-somthing mom now with four kids and I am really proud of that.
"I am so much more confident with my body than I ever have been before.
"Anytime I start doubting my new curves or war wounds I look around the room and ask myself, how many other people in this room grew two people inside their body at once?"