Do You Embrace Your Post-Pregnancy Body?

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Image via Flickr/ blmurch – With Changes

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

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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.

Image via Facebook courtesy of Tonya Wertman

“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)

Image via Facebook courtesy of Tayrra Sharp

“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 

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Image via Facebook courtesy of Rachel Gray

“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


Image via Facebook courtesy of Sarah Wagoner

“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 

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Image via Facebook courtesy of Dawn Garnes

“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

Image via Facebook courtesy of Marisa Jackson

“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 

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Do You Embrace Your Post-Pregnancy Body?

Amanda is a social media manager for a health care organization by day, a blogger and freelance writer by night, and a celebrity news junkie all the time! She's also mom to an amazing 2 year-old boy and wife to a great guy who indulges all her celebrity gossip (and sometimes tries to scoop her!) Amanda loves coffee, fashion, nail polish, cats, and Tim Gunn (not always in that order.) For more celebrity gossip, fashion, beauty and DIY, visit Amanda's blog, It's Blogworthy. ... More

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  1. Rebekah says:

    I had a 22 inch waist before I got pregnant the first time. It took me 18 months to get back there after first baby, then only 6 months after second. Didn’t really try; the weight just sort of fell off. After third baby, the best I could do by trying was 24 inches after 6 months and it stayed that way. At 6 months postpartum after baby number four, I’m still pretty big for me, and I don’t really like it, but I don’t have time, money, or energy to do anything about it.

  2. Grace says:

    not really i only was ever once in shape and that was literally right before my first child for only two or three months before getting pregnant. i love it when i am pregnant but i feel like all people see when i am not pregnant is my size. i have other than right before always been a larger than my peers individual or at least was made/had felt that way. at 16 i was a size 18, at 20 still 18 after my first baby went up to a size 20, still a size 20 at 30. note i am tall but still technically obese . it does not matter what i eat how often i exercise, i still cannot lose weight.

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