So many changes happen over the course of 9 months. Your body takes on a mind of its own, and 9 months later a baby arrives. You will most likely look at your body as a stranger that you aren’t acquainted with. There is nothing familiar. The shape, the sounds, the feels, nothing seems right. It won’t feel right for a few more months. Give it time, you and your body have been through a lot.
Here is what I do know about my post baby body:
It has birthed two babies.
It has gained and lost 40 lbs twice.
The muscles I had pre-baby are gone, but those muscles will be back.
This body is a machine that can make and grow babies, not just something to look pretty in a swimsuit.
This body has given me two of my most special gifts, so in return I will treat it with the upmost respect.
This body has nourished two little people, so I will fill it with good nutritional food in return.
This body is busy all day and tired at the end of it. I will go to bed and let it rest so I can do it again all day tomorrow.
This body chases after two toddlers on a daily basis, so I will give it energizing foods and keep the excess weight off so it can run without stress.
This body isn’t a number on a scale, but it is defined by my blood pressure, BMI, and heart beat, and I will push until those numbers are at their best.
This body will fit into my jeans that I did pre-baby. Maybe not today, but soon.
This body won’t be in any body competitions soon, but that doesn’t mean that I will skip my workout. I will still show up and work hard and leave a sweaty mess.
If this body can run a marathon, make it through college shenanigans, and birth a baby, it can do a squat and a push-up on a regular basis.
I love this body too much to not take care of it. Too much to give up. Too much to ever use the excuse of having babies as the reason I am not at my healthiest and fittest. I need this body to last.
Love Your Post-Baby Body and celebrate it.
We all come in different sizes. Stop comparing and stop judging. As women we all go through the same rush of post baby body emotions.
Stop taking drastic, unhealthy measures to change your post baby body, you are beautiful.
Fill your body with nutritious foods, giving your body the sleep and reducing your stress in order to ensure your body is functioning at its best.
You are your body’s worst critic.
Focus on your body’s health, not it’s look.
Love your post-baby body. And because you love it, fight to make it healthy.
Don’t give up because you had a baby, push harder because you want to set a good example for your kids. Having a baby isn’t an excuse, it is a privilege. And your body needs healthy foods, proper exercise and enough rest to survive.
Love your body at all sizes, but never stop making your health a priority.
My view isn’t popular because it’s not easy. I know the research and I’ve seen the transformation when someone loves their body and takes action vs loves their body, and accepts defeat.
Loving your body isn’t lazy. It’s active. It’s selfish. It makes you want to cook healthier, workout longer and feel better because now you have kids relying on you. You only get one body, love it and because you love it do everything you can to make it your best.