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post-baby body: final

The name of this post is a bit misleading – while it’s my final post-baby body update, I don’t believe I’ll ever be at my “final post-baby body.” I’ll explain…

This Friday I will officially hit the 6 month postpartum mark. Getting to know my baby, figuring out breastfeeding, and learning how to be a mom were at the top of my list – but so was regaining my body.

post-baby body final
I shared my progress with you during Month 1 and Month 2. By Month 3 I had gotten back down to my pre-baby weight but didn’t necessarily feel any closer to my pre-baby body. Why?

Giving up your body to pregnancy is so much more than gaining weight.

The 30 pounds I gained over those 9 months paled in comparison to some of the other changes my body went through:

My hips were broader and didn’t fit correctly in most of my pants. My belly button was incredibly tender and looked like it would never “pop” back into place. The linea nigra running down my abdomen was still crazy dark. Just when I thought my chest couldn’t get any bigger – it would. My hair started falling out in chunks. The acne I dealt with early in my pregnancy resurfaced.

Are any of these life changing? No.  But when I looked in the mirror, I didn’t see someone I recognized looking back. I didn’t feel any closer to the girl from just 1 year before.

At 6 months postpartum many things have changed.

I no longer use my pre-baby body as a measure of success. My post-baby body journey has no end. I realize now that pregnancy changed me, and it’s not all bad!

post-baby body 6 months
I decided to look at all the new things my body can accomplish since giving birth to Eleanor. I am so proud of the person I have become for her. My mommy body is strong. My mommy body can do things I never knew possible. My mommy body is beautiful.

Do I still have fitness goals for myself? Of course! Do I still have body insecurities? You bet!

But I am focusing on the amazing positives that pregnancy and motherhood have brought me. With hard work, dedication, and patience, I know everything else will fall into place.

Your turn:

Can you relate to not recognizing the person in the mirror?
How do you “find the good” in a less than ideal situation? 

 

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