Since magazine covers tend to shame women into conforming to impossible beauty standards–especially post-baby–and it’s a favorite topic of conversation among other mothers I know, I joined up with Julie from I Like Beer and Babies in her recurring series that asks women to submit photos of their postpartum bodies. Yikes!
I’m all about shattering myths and stereotypes and to expect a woman to look like Kendra (a Playboy Playmate) is detrimental to her adjustment and healing. The standards placed on women by an industry looking to sell magazines are unrealistic and many times unhealthy for both mom and baby. Whatever your post-baby body is, it is beautiful. You are beautiful. (You can see my photos here).
To be honest, I don’t have many post-baby complaints besides the saggy skin that I thought would magically bounce back when they extracted her. It’s like it’s angry at me for existing on muffins and ice cream the last trimester. I also went from weight loss due to severe morning sickness to a 45+ pound weight gain. It was likely more because I lost count after that. (At one point, I weighed more than my husband). So all in all, I’m lucky. I have an adorable, intelligent daughter who was worth every inch of belly sag–even though I’ll still try my hardest to yoga it back in place.
Almost seven months after my c-section, I’m starting to feel like my life and body are almost back to normal. I still have a way to go, but it’s a process and I’m learning to be patient.