As a personal trainer, I get asked all the time when a mom can expect to get her pre-baby body back. Here is the honest truth, my dear: You won’t. Just like your heart, your body is forever changed. So accept that now and learn to love the new you. Because it is unbelievably beautiful.
Getting Your Pre-Baby Body Back
After my first child, I had the hardest time accepting my stretch marks. I tried EVERYTHING I could to prevent them and those sneaky suckers got me anyways. They’re not small, they are bold tiger stripes. After awhile of being in the trenches of this motherhood thing, I came to realize I earned every damn one. I now love those marks and what they mean. What they represent to the world: I carried life inside of me. I am a warrior, hear me ROAR!
So let’s be honest, after two kids: my hips are wider, I have more cellulite, and my boobs are literally non-existent. And that’s OK! This new body is just as lovely as my first. I know I preach health and wellness, and I am all about going to the gym post-baby. But my reasons are this: to be healthy for yourself and your new addition, and for happiness. That’s it. Not to reach some unattainable goal that society has set for us. Not to have the perfect body. For self-love, health and wellness.
So if you’re newly postpartum- don’t sweat getting your pre-baby body back because it just won’t happen. Don’t kill yourself at the gym because you think you have to. If you’re too tired to workout, then don’t! If your nursing cravings are telling you to have a bowl of ice cream- then have one! Yes, this is a personal trainer telling you to TREAT YO SELF.
If you’re not new to postpartum, if your kids are 2 or 3 or 17…I’m going to tell you the same thing. Instead of stressing over the old you, learn to love those new curves and marks. They are truly beautiful.
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