Celebrities are under a lot of pressure to look their best, and celebrity mom’s are no exception. You know those amazing ‘after baby’ pics of celeb mamas, who seem to widdle back down to pre-baby size in a matter of weeks? Well, the pics seem to be taking its toll on regular moms too. Never before has there been such pressure to get your pre-baby body back in record time. Everyone from Victoria Beckham, to your aunt Susan seems to be feeling the pressure to pretend like that baby bump never happened at all.
The average woman gains 20-40lbs during pregnancy. Some gain more, much more. But weight’s not it. Pregnancy permanently changes your body; your hips, boobies, tummy & bum may never look the same (that’s not to say they won’t look AMAZING. Just not the same). It’s not realistic, and even dangerous, to assume that you’ll be back in your pre-baby genes within a few weeks of birth. Hormones & age also play a role in how quickly you can get that body back.
Genes & prior fitness levels may help you bounce back quicker than some. If you were active before & during your pregnancy, it’s a good indicator that you’re likely to get back down to pre-baby weight faster & more easily. But your hormones? Those could change the plan. Your energy levels? A crying baby? Time management? Yup, the list of obstacles goes on and on.
Enjoy being a mama. Enjoy your new body. It might be different, but it’s still awesome. Take your time. There’s no rush, really there’s not. Eat healthy, move as much as you can, and take pride in what your body just did. I mean seriously. That body deserves a high freaking five, right? It doesn’t deserve your disappointment, disdain or disgust.
You’re beautiful mama. Just gorgeous.
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