"My body is full of life.
My body is powerful.
My body made me a mother."
I've been wanting to post something about accepting our post-baby bodies for a while now, but I couldn't find the words to express my feelings about it. Recently, however, I stumbled upon this post from a blog called "We seek joy" that words it perfectly. The author writes about how people say that women's bodies are "ruined" by having babies, but that she can't possibly be ashamed of how her body has changed after witnessing the miraculous thing that it was able to do...create and sustain a LIFE!
I feel exactly the same way. As a new member of this community of moms, I now regularly hear my peers talk about losing that post-baby weight, and lamenting the changes they've seen in their bodies since being pregnant. First of all, taking care of a new baby takes unbelievable amounts of time and energy, so dedicating oneself to an intense exercise regime or perfect eating plan is next to impossible (if you've read my blog, you know that I believe neither of these two things is easy to achieve or maintain in the long term anyway, much less with a new child!).
|Please don't compare yourself to celebrities...their transformations often aren't even real!|
Don't get me wrong...I do believe it's important to take care of ourselves and eat balanced, nutritious food that tastes good and makes us feel good. I also think exercise can be a great way to have a little "me time" and help us to feel more energized. But instead of putting so much pressure on ourselves to do these things in order to look a certain way, I think we should instead respect our bodies and the process that led them to their current state.