So, you just had a baby. He or she is about 2 months old now. You start to want to feel better about yourself. You do your hair one day, throw on a little mascara the next. Before you know it, you’re actually (maybe) putting a pair of jeans when you run to Target at 8 a.m. As you get in the shower one day, you look at your body in the mirror and think to yourself, “holy shit, what happened!?” and possibly even shed a few tears.
That’s right, you had a baby. A human being, ranging from about 5-8 lbs. (if you’re lucky) was just growing and living inside of you for 10 whole months. That’s 304 days, 7300 hours and 438,000 minutes. Did you really think that while you were sitting on the coach catching up on Real Housewives of New Jersey and feeding your newborn every 3-4 hours for 2 whole months that your body would magically return to what it looked like before you got pregnant? No. Way. Those pickles and Snickers are now attached to your ass – forever.
I struggle on a daily basis with being able to get the weight off since my second and third pregnancies were so close together. I, just like you, want results quickly. But, when I look in the mirror, after not being able to get the jeans on that I used to wear before I got pregnant, I think to myself how amazing my body looks instead. Stretch marks, huge thighs and cankles are all apart of what our body has gone through to bring the greatest gifts that we will ever receive into this world. They are merely images of strength and scars of beauty that us as women should be proud to display to the world. Own it.
Stop being so hard on yourself. If you aren’t one of the lucky bitches who gains 5 lbs. and never has to even purchase one pair of maternity jeans during their pregnancy, then you are just like every other woman out there. None of us love our bodies after pregnancy but we love what our bodies have given us.
FUN (I’m really reaching here) IDEAS TO GET YOUR BOD BACK:
My husband and I have just recently started the Biggest Loser between the two of us. After six weeks, if I win he has to give me $100 and if I lose, he doesn’t have to give me $100. Surprisingly, he came up with the prize. I’ll keep you posted, we’re currently on week one and I’m proudly at 144 lbs. (I was 135 when I got pregnant and 125 a year before, no shame in my game).
Get your kids involved. One reason I hate going to the gym so much is that I feel so guilty leaving the kids for that long. It’s such a process having to change into gym clothes, go to the gym, shower after the gym put more clothes on. There just doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day to be able to do that and then you’re just adding extra laundry and we all know how that goes. There is this ball you can get at Five Below that has different workouts on each side. You throw the ball and do the work out. It’s perfect, you get to work out and your kids get to laugh their ass off at watching you do it.