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How Do I Love My Postpartum Body?

First of all, let me start by saying that it’s normal for your postpartum body to change. You just created a whole new human. I’m not kidding. It’s maybe the most impressive thing someone can do: making new life. Most people underestimate it. When we grow life inside us, it’s like having two hearts. When our baby is born, one of our hearts is walking outside our body. So before we start body-shaming ourselves, please remember you did something amazing and need to be proud of that. Nevertheless, you want your body back.

Embracing Transformation

Becoming a mother is a transformative experience, both physically and emotionally. During pregnancy and after childbirth, women often experience significant changes to their bodies, which can have a profound impact on their self-esteem and body image. It took me more than a year to get back to my original weight, and that’s fine. I really wanted to be the person I was before (body-wise) because emotionally, that’s another story. Are you committed? Do you really want it, or are you happy with your body now?

Individual Healing Journey

It’s important to remember that every woman’s postpartum journey is unique, and there is no one “right” way for your body to look or feel after giving birth. It’s normal to feel frustrated or discouraged about changes to your body, but it’s crucial to remember that your body has been through a significant process and deserves time to heal and recover.

Prioritize Self-Care

One practical solution to navigating postpartum body changes is to prioritize self-care and physical activity. Gentle exercise such as walking, yoga, or prenatal Pilates can help you regain strength and boost your mood. It’s also important to eat a balanced diet and stay hydrated to support your physical and emotional well-being. Fruits and veggies are the way to go. You want to be the best and most healthy version of yourself, and the key to that is food. Be aware of what you put in your body.

Supportive Connections

It’s also helpful to surround yourself with positive and supportive people who understand and celebrate your journey as a mother. This can include connecting with other new mothers. I joined a talk group every Monday afternoon. It was hosted by a psychologist, covering different subjects every week for 12 weeks in a row. You can also join a yoga, Pilates, or gym club. Meeting like-minded people is important.

Realistic Expectations

It’s important to have realistic expectations about the timeline for your body to recover after childbirth. Some women may see a significant improvement in their physical appearance shortly after giving birth, while others may take several months or even a year to fully recover. It’s essential to be patient and kind to yourself and celebrate the many other ways in which you have grown and transformed as a person and mother.

Embrace Your Journey

In conclusion, navigating postpartum body changes can be challenging, but with self-care, positive support, and a healthy perspective, it’s possible to feel confident and proud of your body after childbirth. Remember that your worth as a person and a mother is not defined by your appearance, and that your journey as a new mother is a beautiful and empowering experience.

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Margaux Luyten


Adventure-loving mom blogger. Breastfeeding from December ’21. Sharing her insight on pregnancy and motherhood while embracing a healthy & active lifestyle. 

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