I'm a strong, slim personal trainer who once weighed over 300 pounds. Having been at so many different points on the weight spectrum, I can tell you that body obsession knows no limits.
I've learned than unless — and until — we talk about and treat ourselves with respect, we're just as likely to hate our bodies thin as we are fat. We're also just as likely to criticize our bodies after having a baby as we are at any other time in life.
I've had two babies in three years. If you've had a baby, you may be eager to get your pre-baby body back.
Unfortunately, we young mothers have been lied to. And those lies are keeping us from enjoying ourselves and our babies. Let me explain.
That we can and should be able to look the same after birth as we did before we got pregnant is a lie. Not gonna happen. We've just gone through humanity's single most intense physical experience,and we'll always carry evidence of it.
Some of us will be rounder. Some will have slightly bigger feet. Some will have differently-shaped boobs. Some will have miles and miles of stretch marks, or different hair, or darker skin. This is all normal, and natural, and there's nothing wrong with any of it. What's wrong is this notion that these changes are problems to be solved.
Every time you've ever read "Get Your Pre-baby Body Back!" someone was playing on your insecurities to try to make money. I know, I know ... shocking, right?
Your body was a wonderland before you had that baby. And now that you've grown and given birth to her, your body is an Other-Worldy