The model, activist and all-round kween has opened up in a interview for the latest issue of Elle. During the candid conversation with Kristen Bell, Ashley discusses the unexpected realities of pregnancy and the shift in her relationship with her body.
“When I got pregnant, I had to reimagine my relationship with my body with this creature inside me taking over. I was gaining weight so rapidly. Then, to get stretch marks on my stomach, that to me was like, ‘Oh my gosh. I can’t believe this happened,'” Graham said. “At first it felt devastating, and then when I met Isaac, I said, ‘No, this is exactly what every woman has talked about for ages. This is not just a battle wound. This is something that has changed my life forever, and I’m going to celebrate my new body.”
Despite experiencing ‘astronomical pain’, the model says she was shocked how painful birth can be, as “every mother talks about, “Oh yeah, it’s painful.” Whether they got an epidural or not, or a C-section, whatever happened, they’re like, “Yeah, it hurt.” And they say it kind of calmly like that.”.
The model also noted the changes to her body, adding: “When I look at my new stretch marks and the changes that my body went through, it reminds me that, as women, we’re all superheroes. I’m always reminded that our bodies were built to do this. It’s such a beautiful thing to be able to give birth, but I didn’t realise it until afterwards.”