This was the EIGHTH most read piece on Show + Tell this year.
After giving birth to my son three years ago, I remember looking down at my tummy for weeks after he was born (actually months) and thinking that I still looked six months pregnant. Shock horror, that is the REALITY for most of us after we pop out a bebe.
I had to constantly talk myself through my body issues and remind myself that the pouch under my top was what my healthy son called home for nine months. It’s really confronting that after the baby is in your arms your body doesn’t magically go back to it’s pre baby shape. The reality for many of us is that the ‘pre baby’ bod may never return.
I wish I could say who really cares? But most women do. I know I do. I wish I didn’t. I really wish I didn’t. I have wasted far too much time over my 32 years worrying about things like my waist and derierre size.
There is nothing like giving birth to bring what this body business is all about to the forefront. I didn’t feel sexy or overly comfortable in my clothes after I gave birth but it smacked me in the face that there is a higher purpose for our bodies than trying to look smoking hot in a bikini. Even if a lot of the time it doesn’t feel like that.
The other day I was on Facebook and saw one of my friends Chelsea from I Heart Bargains post a pic of her post baby body. She had her daughter Clem one week ago.
The picture gave me goose bumps and as I waited in the checkout line at Coles I had to stop myself from tearing up and forcing her pic in front of peoples eyes.
This is what she posted on her I heart Bargains Facebook page. NOT her private one, the one for EVERYONE to see.
Clementine is a week old. This is a picture of a real body, post baby. Posting this pic makes me feel so uncomfortable because I’m nowhere near my ‘normal’ weight and I have curves on my curves. However I’m making a point for all of us women who feel the pressure to look a certain way as soon as they’ve had their baby. It’s not realistic. This is what women look like.
Chelsea’s courage really inspired me and hopefully it does you too.
Ladies lets try and love our bodies. At the end of the day, we are kinda stuffed without them.
PS- A massive Congrats to Chels for having a beautiful lil lady Clementine. xxx
How did you feel about your post baby body?