Since tomorrow is Brody’s first birthday (I seriously can’t believe it), I thought I would talk a little about being 12 months postpartum. I know this is completely different for every woman, but honestly, I find it pretty fascinating. Our bodies are all so different, but yet the same in the fact that by the grace of God, most of us women can birth children.
But it’s really not about that, I really find it interesting in the way our bodies change. Kristen Bell said it best here:
I can’t say that is the way I always looked at it over the last year when my real thoughts were more like this….
+ Your hips widen and that’s that. They stay that way or at least mine have.
+ My rib cage expanded and it didn’t seem to go back down after the baby was out.
+ My boobs changed…I won’t go into too many details here, but just picture deflated balloons.
+ It’s tough to keep toned during pregnancy, expect some flabbiness.
+ Your skin stretches and it may leave some marks…
With all that being said…I’m still amazed at how our bodies can bounce back. Kristen Bell is right. The less we can worry about the scale, the better we will probably be. It’s different for everyone and there’s many woman that have their bodies back in a matter of weeks and I consider them bionic. It’s just not right and not fair and we should probably punch them in their six pack abs. But for a lot of woman, it truly takes nine months to a year and as frustrating as that can be at times…it’s a pretty small price to pay in the big picture.
I know when I was pregnant that I kept telling myself I would work my butt off to have all the baby weight gone in 3 months. It’s just not that simple. Life gets in the way and we aren’t the priority anymore when there is a newborn involved. It takes time for your body to heal before you can start training it again. It can be a frustrating process at times, but try and remind yourself of the miracle that you just made and do your best to get to your happy place and the rest will come as it may.
I hope my honesty hits home with some of you and the rest of you that haven’t had babies yet, I certainly hope not to frighten you. It’s something we all go through and I think it’s important to be aware of and prepared for because the happier you can be with yourself, the better you will be as a spouse and as a Mother.
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