Post-Pregnancy Body: How To Love It!

by | Jan 20, 2017 | 0 comments

Our Bodies Change After Pregnancy

I have to admit, I was not really expecting my body to look very different post-pregnancy.

My first pregnancy was twins, so my belly got pretty big. It was kind of cute while I was pregnant, but afterwards the changes took some adjusting to.

What had previously been a somewhat flat stomach, now was a pouch with sagging skin and stretch marks. The summer after I had my babies, I wore a one-piece swimsuit. Which was the first time in my life! I was very self-conscious of my new body!

I know that I am not alone in how I felt. Many of us feel self-conscious post-pregnancy because our bodies have gone through some major changes. It’s normal.

In fact, our bodies have undergone changes literally from head to toe. But that doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing.

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Even if you are in the best shape of your life, your body will look different post-pregnancy.

There are so many physical changes that happen during and after pregnancy.

  • Your hips widen
  • Your belly grow
  • Then your belly shrinks
  • Your breasts change
  • Many women get stretch marks
  • Some women’s feet grow
  • Your hair thickens during pregnancy
  • Then it falls out afterwards
  • Your hormones may cause you to break out
  • And your jean size might be the same as it was pre-children, but your clothes just fit differently

It’s traumatic!

 

Respect Yourself

Give yourself time to heal and be gentle on yourself. Don’t get frustrated if you don’t lose the baby weight right away. Some lose very quickly and some don’t. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that you are taking care of yourself and your baby.

And honestly, if you are planning on having more children in the future, I wouldn’t worry too much about fitting into your pre-baby jeans right away.

Not that I am saying to be unhealthy, but your body is going to go through so many up’s and down’s until you are done having children. It just will.

In the meantime, even if you are home with your baby, do the things that you used to do before you had kids.

Don’t forget to take care of yourself. Eat well. Exercise if you can. But don’t overdo it. The first year with a baby is exhausting. There is no rush in losing weight.

And even though you might not fit in your pre-pregnancy clothing, that doesn’t mean you can’t look and feel beautiful.

Put makeup on, get dressed up, get your hair done, paint your nails. Do whatever it is that makes you feel good about yourself and your appearance.

I stand in awe of my body. ~Henry David Thoreau Click To Tweet

 

Embrace Your New Body

As moms, we know that these changes are all worth it. So let’s stop being so hard on ourselves. No more focusing on what we think is unflattering. We are beautiful. We are amazing.

Remember to treat yourself with kindness and compassion. Consider those scars beauty marks instead of stretch marks. When I stop and think about the incredible transformation that my body has undergone, I am amazed.

Focus even on just one thing that you love about your body.

Now that I am done having children, I have really learned to embrace my new post-pregnancy body. And I am back in that bikini again.

No, I don’t look the same as I did 10 years ago. But I can honestly say that I am more comfortable in my skin now than I ever have been. I am proud of my body and I have learned to respect myself like never before.

smiling african american post-pregnancy mom holding her newborn

Let’s not forget how incredible our bodies are. They can stretch, transform, and house a human being.

That truly is amazing! Own it, embrace it, and love it!

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Bridgette is a wife and mom of 3 daughters. She is a recovering perfectionist who used to worry chronically, keep up with the Jones' and feel guilty for taking time for herself. Eventually, the pressure of being perfect caused her to crack. She ended up having a breakdown, which led her to realize the importance of self-care, specifically for moms. Now, she helps women just like her, to stop feeling guilty and to take their lives back. In turn, marriages, relationships and families are being healed. Bridgette is a former accountant who is now an advocate for mind, body, soul, and self.
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