Unpopular opinion: I love my postpartum body more than my pre-baby body!
Ok, ok – hear me out.
Like lots of women, I have had moments of struggle with my body image for as long as I can remember.
I was a lanky middle schooler with chicken legs who was taller than everyone else. All I wanted was to shrink and look like all my friends. When I was twenty-one and lived on vodka Redbull and late night pizza, all I wanted was to fit back into my various size small Forever 21 cocktail dresses.
Fast forward to now: my birthing experience left me so in awe of how truly incredible our bodies are. There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t feel incredibly blessed to have a postpartum body that is healthy and functioning. I feel the healthiest I’ve ever been! Knowing I am responsible for nourishing my daughter has given me an amazing incentive to REALLY take care of myself. No more crash dieting and strapping myself to the treadmill until I burn a certain amount of calories. I now try to find exercise that I actually love because life is too short to force myself to do something I hate! For me, the key to feeling my best has been a balanced diet and exercise I truly enjoy that works for my new schedule.
I am grateful to have a body that sustains me and feels good. When I hear or read about others who are struggling with physical ailments, it not only makes me feel guilty but also downright silly for obsessing over little things. A few pounds more than I’d like? Sure. Maybe some lumps and bumps I’d be happy to part with. BUT I’m am healthy and able to run around with my baby girl, which is all I could ever ask for!
I appreciate everywhere this body has carried me. It has given me my perfect angel, for which I will be forever grateful. I refuse to waste one more second of my life criticizing myself and my postpartum body!