Number of pregnancies and births: 1
Age of children and how far postpartum: 9 month old daughter and 9 months postpartum
When the thought came into my head that I wanted to start a family I, like many women, did not think about what my body would look like afterwards. I had not met mothers who openly discussed what changes happen to your body during and after pregnancy. Needless to say, I was quite shocked. I was motivated to stay in shape during my pregnancy, working out 45 minutes a day and eating well. During my pregnancy I was consider the ideal. I had a quick delivery and my daughter was 7 pounds 10 ounces. I was praised in the delivery room by my obstetrician for losing my tummy instantly. The first few weeks after delivery I was ecstatic with my new family and how I looked. Then the little voice popped into my head a few months into motherhood that I was not thin/fit enough. This is the same little voice that was in my head for most of my adolescence and young adulthood. The only time I did not let my obsessive thoughts bother me was when I was pregnant because my unborn child was more important than my perfect figure. I began to workout whenever I had the time (usually when my daughter was sleeping). It did not take long for me to become severely exhausted. Between being the primary caregiver for my daughter (no grandparents and very little assistance from my partner) and being a perfectionist around my house (baking, cleaning, entertaining guests) I was burnt out. I have learned now that I have to be a bit kinder to myself and relax a little about my wrinkly, giggly tummy. I was blessed enough to have a healthy, beautiful baby and I wouldn’t trade her for my former hot bod any day.