I see a ton of ladies hating on their post-baby bodies, and some very genetically blessed ladies who are rockin’ it.
I’m right here in the middle. I gained some weight, and I lost it. I started my pregnancy around 170 lbs. I struggled with hyperemesis in my first trimester and dropped to 145 lbs. By delivery day I weighed 191 lbs. At six weeks postpartum I’m weighing 167 lbs. I’m hitting the gym. My belly is so textured with stretch marks that it reminds me of a trapper keeper I had in middle school.
I still have some weight to lose, and I don’t know when those stretch marks will fade.
My unmedicated water birth showed me how strong and capable I am.
Breastfeeding and the patience it requires is my new yoga.
I love myself, and I love my body.
And you should too.
You made a baby. That is pretty amazing.
If you’re not happy with your body, please try to remember all that you did. Nourish yourself well. Put your baby in a carrier and dance in the living room or in the stroller and walk until youfeel the burn. Leave baby with a sitter and take a class that sounds fun or take a mommy and me class. Do something active a few times a week.
Don’t make excuses. Take care of your body and love yourself. Flaunt your self esteem. It’s a great example to your children.
~Number of pregnancies and births: Two pregnancies. One very empowering, unmedicated, water birth.
~The age of your children, or how far postpartum you are: I am a mother of one amazing daughter. I am almost six weeks postpartum.