This is a post a long time coming and it’s something that I have really struggled with the last couple of months … learning to love my mom body.
Anyone that has given birth knows what I am talking about. The changes that your body goes through during pregnancy are miraculous and amazing, however, the aftereffects are well, not. I truly struggled in the weeks and even months following having Emmalyne with my appearance. I would look in the mirror and grimace. I would try clothes on and take them off crying because they didn’t fit. But with the support of my amazing husband, awesome family, and fabulous friends I learned how to love myself again. Here’s how …
The day I gave birth to Emmie I had gained 32 total pounds. I am almost 5’9 so it was pretty well distributed throughout my body and I felt pretty awesome for being 38 weeks pregnant. I was convinced that once I had the baby I would lose the weight quickly because breastfeeding just MELTS the pounds, right? HAHA … WRONG. At least it was wrong for me.
When I left the hospital I came home 22 lbs lighter with 10 left to go. I was thrilled. I had a super easy delivery/recovery and was cleared to workout after 2 weeks so I got back to it! And the scale didn’t move. At all. Despite how hard I was working. For two months. I hinted at my feelings in my 2-months post-baby body update.
That’s when my husband sat me down and gave me a reality check. He reminded me what my body DID do … it grew and birthed a beautiful and healthy baby girl (all 8lbs 14oz, 21.5 in of her). He reminded me it took 38 WEEKS to do that so it was going to take some time to get back to where I was. He reminded me that to him I was beautiful and perfect just the way I was. It was what I needed. I needed to hear those things again, and again, and again. And I made some changes. This is how I came to love my mom body:
1. I bought new jeans.