Most mums I know are pretty happy to speak plainly about the changes that motherhood has brought to their bodies. Whether you're uncomfortable with your 'mum tum' (and I hate that phrase) or feel proud of having 'earned' your stretch marks, most of us are fairly open about the fact that our bodies just don't look like they did before we had kids.
But while it's one thing for a mum to open up about the effect on her body of having a baby, it feels like quite another thing for someone who hasn't had kids to comment on that particular personal issue.
Or am I alone in thinking that?
You see, I felt surprised by how much my feathers were ruffled when I read about comments made by actress Chloe Sevigny in a recent magazine interview.
When asked how she manages to look like she doesn't ever age, Sevigny reportedly said:
"I think the baby wear and tear and stress on your body is part of the reason why people say, 'Why do you still look so young?' I really think that that unfortunately ages women, especially when they have children in their 30s, not in their 20s. So I think, first and foremost, it's that and genetics."
Er, cheers Chloe. Way to make the mothers feel great. Not.
Then again, maybe she's just speaking the truth, and motherhood does age you. But maybe it's not something to view as 'unfortunate', either. It's a well-worn cliche but I've heard mums say countless times that there's no contest on this - they'd rather have their babies and saggy boobs than a youthful body but no kids.
And then of course there are those mums who miraculously find the motivation to work on having a beautiful body as well taking care of their kids. I'm not one of them. In fact I spent all morning *thinking* about signing up for an early morning summer spin class. And then I made us all pancakes for lunch instead.
So you'll understand that I've settled comfortably into the fact that I won't be entering any body beautiful contests dressed in a minscule bikini any time soon. And I am more than ok with that.
My body might not be much to speak of but when my three year old climbs into bed beside me in the morning and whispers 'You're beautiful Mama,' I can promise you I couldn't give a toss about whether or not I look my age.
How do you feel about this story? Would you agree that motherhood has aged you, or do you think Chloe was speaking out of turn? And if you do feel that having kids has aged you, do you care? Join the conversation by commenting below or over on our Facebook page.