I’ll be honest.
It can be so easy to feel like your body is ruined after having a baby.
I remember looking in the mirror after Avery was born wondering if I’d look or feel like myself ever again.
And now more than ever there’s monstrous pressure on women to get their “pre-baby body back” (as if it’s left the building and we’re supposed to go out and find it 😉 ).
You see reminders everywhere about how we supposedly should look.
And when you’re scrolling through Instagram and you come across pics like this you can feel a combo platter of emotions like…
Envy (“I wish I looked like that.”)
Hope (“Maybe one day.”)
And full-on down and out worthlessness (“I’ll just skip my workout and eat Ben & Jerry’s in my yoga pants instead because what’s the point?! I look nothing like that and probably never will.”)
It’s a real crappy feeling and unfortunately with social media putting 96.25% (roughly) of the focus of getting your pre-baby body back on how you look, not how you function and feel, the social scene can do a lot of damage to our self-esteem.
(And physical well-being if we’re feeling pressure to jump back in the gym and start working out like crazy to get our bodies back before they’ve even had the chance to properly heal and recover).
Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not interested in shaming the women in these posts.
They’re proud of their accomplishments – they want to show them off – and that’s awesome.
What I am interested in is helping you create healthy, realistic expectations around how you want to look and feel.
And grow into feeling happy with your body right now, instead of focusing on the struggle of feeling unattractive after having a baby.
Unfortunately this is not an easy task when you’re hit in the head with these kinds of images on the daily.
(But there is research-backed hope, so stick with me!)