Do You Embrace Your Post-Pregnancy Body?
Did you guys know that after you have a baby, you will probably leave the hospital looking pregnant?
This seems like such a simple question with a simple answer for moms who have given birth, but for me, this fact was a shock to me the first time around.
When Princess Kate Middleton gave birth to Prince George last summer, she made news when she wore a tight-fitting dress as she left the hospital, showcasing a small “mama belly” for the first pictures of the new royal arrival. She was lauded for embracing her body, and I showed several friends who weren't moms (yet!) the article and told them what others neglected to tell me: your body is going to change and won't be the same for a while … or possibly, forever.
After my first baby, I lost weight quickly, then ended up putting some back on. With baby number two, I weighed less at the start of my pregnancy than the first time around, so I felt better after my daughter was born, but guess what? I still have the pooch, six weeks postpartum.
I've come to the conclusion that I'll always have a different body shape than before I carried and fed my two beautiful children, and I'm embracing it. However, not all mamas feel the same. Check out these thoughts from gorgeous, real mamas about their post-pregnancy bodies.
“I'm only 10 weeks postpartum and I'm having a hard time. I gained more weight with this pregnancy, in large part due to fertility medications, and while I'm trying to go easy on myself, I'm frustrated. I just yesterday met with a nutritionist so I'm optimistic.” – Tonya Wertman, mom of two (Read more about her journey on her blog, Letters for Lucas)
“It was difficult to accept for sure! I feel like my lower belly will never be the same. However, putting in the hard work and holding my babies, I've come to love the new me more than I ever loved the old me. I worked for what I have now and nothing makes me appreciate it more.” – Tayrra Sharp
“After my first pregnancy, the more time that passed the more I accepted my new body. I felt kind of miserable at first, but as the weight slowly fell off (and as I worked to get it off) and things started shifting back to their old locations (well, at least close!) I actually felt more confident than I did prior to my pregnancy. For example, I wear shorts now with no reservations – prior to my pregnancy I never wore them. I've always had a small, petite frame so that wasn't the issue, just a lack of confidence! ” – Rachel Gray, mom of one and pregnant with her second
“Six months post with my third, I can't really say that I love or hate my differences. Will I ever embrace all the changes? Probably not. There are areas that I'm not happy about, but I haven't done anything to improve those areas. The area that I'm not happy about, I can't do anything unless I'd have surgery, and I don't see that happening.” – Sarah Wagoner, mom of three
“Having two babies between eight and nine pounds each, and only being 5 foot 1, has totally ruined my stomach. I only gained 33 pounds with my first and 25 with my second, and lost the weight fairly quickly, but I think my stomach muscles separated. I am always self conscious of still looking pregnant … and my youngest is three” – Dawn Garnes, mom of two
“Before pregnancy, I had accepted that my body would never be the same. Although, I didn't realize I would have a little pudge where the baby belly used to be. I didn't realize that my breasts would change shape, look and feel differently after breast feeding. I love what my body was and is capable of doing. My boy is my proudest accomplishment, so I don't think I am capable of hating how I look, when I have been filled with such love. If I would just get my fitness on, I could improve those other areas!” – Marisa Jackson, mom of two
Have you embraced your post-pregnancy body?Read More