This blog post is about how to love your postpartum body!
They didn’t lie when they said “your body changes after a baby.” It took me some time to fully love my postpartum body after having my son Ahmad. My hips widen and my breast expanded twice its original size and I develop a little fupa too. My clothes weren’t fitting how they use too and I had to throw away so many shoes because my feet grew 1/2 an inch!
So yeah we can definitely say that I didn’t exactly “bounce back” after a baby. I gained 70lbs during my pregnancy’s and only lost 30lbs of that weight by breastfeeding alone. My metabolism rate is medium to slow and it likes to store a lot of fat. After a year of learning my body, I had to come to terms that the only true way to actually get rid of the baby weight for my body type is to work out.
In the transparency post, you will read about my ups and downs with my postpartum body and how I manage to love myself through it all.
I can detest that gaining body confidence after having a baby wasn’t easy. And though I was never hard on myself to lose the weight fast, I still saw parts of my body that I wanted to tweak. It got to the point where I wanted to hide from friends and family because I KNEW I didn’t look the same! And dating was defiantly something I wasn’t thinking about at the time.
SO HOW DID I GAINED MY CONFIDENCE BACK?
I gained body confidence through changing my mindset. Instead of looking in the mirror and picking out things I hated about myself I looked at them as rewards. The fact that I successfully carried a baby not only makes me feel strong as a woman but I also got the body and scars to show for it. That fact alone should make you want to embrace your body not hate it.
Keeping up on your style helps a lot as well. DO NOT STOP pampering yourself! Still be you! Get your hair done and your nails manicured, and don’t shy away from buying yourself new clothes. What helped me out a lot was making myself feel comfortable and beautiful in my skin.
Also, I decided If I really wanted to change my body back I would have to work for it. To me, it made no sense to cry about it. I had the power to get the weight off, I just had to wield it. As a result, I ended up shedding 20lbs of my body weight and now I have about 30 more to go.
The moral of this post is, a negative mindset gives you nothing but depression. Love yourself as you are now, and decided what you want to do about it when YOU’RE READY. As mothers, we do a lot to maintain our household and our children. For all the work you do, you deserve a healthy relationship with yourself, right?