The Journey to Loving Your Postpartum Body Is Not Always Easy
Let's be real... on a daily basis how many people look at themselves in the mirror and don't like what they see?
It can be so hard to look at yourself the same way when something changes your body so drastically. I remember the first time I looked at my body after giving birth to Freddie, my first child. I cried at what I saw in the mirror, it was almost like my body didn't belong to me, but to someone else.
I kept telling myself that the lumps, bumps, and lines all should disappear and I'd be back to "normal" in a few weeks. But before long those few weeks came and went and I hadn't noticed a difference.
On the other hand, my Instagram was plagued with countless celebs who had just had babies and had snapped back into shape within a couple of weeks, desperately showing off bodies that I could only dream of. Everyone seemed to have posted those cute baby snaps, but not one had shown other women what a real body looks like after having children.
Another pregnancy of mine came and went, but this time I took a different mindset to how I looked. Yes, my body had been through another pregnancy but I wasn't going to let the same thoughts plague my postpartum journey this time around.
My postpartum journey has been full of self-love and a new found respect for my postpartum body. I understand that my tummy will never look the same again and I'm okay with that. I'm okay with my scars and marks and you should be too.
So thank you, body, for the children you gave me and what you went through to give me them. I promise I won't hate you, but rather embrace you, and show you the love and respect that you deserve.
It's a difficult world navigating a newborn baby and what feels like a whole new body but don't let your body hang-ups take over the newborn days. This article is here to tell you that you are beautiful and there are a million other moms who are in the same boat as you!
Let 2020 be a year of self-love.