Here I sit, 7 weeks postpartum, wondering why my body didn’t jump immediately back into the exact shape it was the day I found out I was pregnant. I remember so desperately waiting for the bump to appear, and now every morning I wake up wishing it to be magically gone.
I had my postpartum check up and was given the green light to start working out again. I’ve been to the gym twice so far, and while I felt really good afterwards, I was surprised at how exhausted I felt, and how completely out of shape I am. And I worked out the vast majority of this pregnancy…it’s not like I sat on the couch for 9 months. But the last month of the pregnancy I was not able to work out, and post c-section I had to wait 6 weeks to start being super active again. Apparently those 10 weeks were just enough for my body to say…mehhhhhh no more pushups, let’s eat Oreos instead….
I know that it’s wishful thinking that my body would be back to normal so fast – my gosh, it took nearly 10 months to get into the shape that it was just 7 short weeks ago. I grew a human inside me and that is a freaking miracle. So, why am I expecting another miracle – losing 30 pounds in 7 weeks? I struggle with comparisons sometimes. Comparing myself to celebrities and their post-baby bodies. Comparing myself to moms I know, who somehow keep a perfectly clean house, post regular blog posts, have babies who sleep through the night and seemingly have everything together. This is not something I am proud of. I am very grateful for so much in my life. I know how fortunate I am. So, why then, do I still make these comparisons and feel inadequate when I should run around the house naked, bragging about how I just gave birth to a miracle…
It’s something I’m working on. In the meantime….back to the gym, back to sugar in moderation, back to bathing suit season. But, in an attempt to show myself how far I have come in 7 weeks, I bought this romper with the teeny shorts, donned a pair of sexy heels and got a little dolled up. My body may not be back to the way I want it, but damn girl I just did something amazing with my body!
I’d love to hear about your advice about dealing with postpartum body issues/image. Or, if you have any great post-baby work out tips, I’m all ears…and thigh dimples. 🙂
XOXO – Em