There was just one part of my body that benefited from pregnancy.
Suddenly I had an A cup.
A real A. Not the A minus I've been building since puberty.
I can joke about it because I finally gave up caring sometime in my late teens/early 20s.
That's right -- I don't give a flip about my lack of cleavage.
And if a story in this past weekend's New York Times is to be believed, I'm more the norm than society would have you think.
The standard belief is small chest equals serious boob envy. No comment on where Freud stands on the issue.
But the Times' Catherine Saint Louis cites blogs, tweets, and a mix of boutique owners and authors all amounting to the simple truth: 2010 is the year A became Awesome.
Having never seen a boob job that made me drool, I tend to agree. There are some drawbacks -- having a hard time finding a pretty bra in your size can make any woman cranky.
But let's go with the positives, shall we?
1. No back pain. The girls with big girls suffer big time.
2. Bras are cheaper. I can run into any store on the planet and grab a bra. It may not be pretty, but it works. Not so for the ladies who need lots of support from a fancy brassiere.
3. Breastfeeding is easier. Some studies have found breastfeeding can be a little tougher if you've got big boobs (not impossible, note, but a little harder).
4. Fewer stretchmarks. At least on the chest. During pregnancy, the breasts stretch to accommodate the milk coming in -- but it's often more so with larger tatas. And don't forget that huge growth in the teen years leads to angry red marks.
5. No chafing or heat rash. Every big-breasted woman I know has complained about this at some time or another -- and I can pump my fist high and tell you the skin on my girls is rub free.
6. Exercise is easier. There's nothing getting in the way when you want to hit the floor during yoga, nothing jiggling when you run.
Why do you love your small chest?
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