This Indie Chick is a brand spanking new mommy! After being pregnant for nine months, there is nothing quite like meeting your child for the first time. With pregnancy comes a lot of changes, both in life and of your body. When you are pregnant, you are not necessarily thinking about the body aftermath. While many of us would like to think our bodies will just bounce back to normal, the truth is it probably never will be the same again. And that is okay!
There are many reasons why your postpartum body is beautiful just the way it is.
Love Your Postpartum Body
You Made a Human
Your body went through the ringer after nine months of carrying your child. For me, my favorite part of pregnancy was the severe cystic acne that appeared in months one to three. That and of course the morning (or rather the ALL DAY) sickness. During pregnancy your body becomes a battleground but also a grow house for your baby-to-be.
When you are feeling down about your postpartum body remember what your body went through to successful grow a human being (a pretty cool one at that). Be grateful… not every woman is so lucky.
You Gave Birth to a Human
It’s natural to have a few battle scars after giving birth to the human that you both made and grew in your belly for nine months. Many of us get physical signs that our child grew inside us. Things like stretch marks, scars, doughy skin, engorged or saggy boobs… the list goes on. Remember that these are all signs that you grew and gave birth to a human!
Wear your scars as if they are badges of honor. My favorite warrior badge is the scar I received when I had to give birth via an unplanned C-section. When I was in labor, my child’s heart rate would decrease every time I pushed so a C-section was the way to go. The scar is a reminder that I did what I had to for my child to be healthy and safe. It’s beautiful, all five inches of it!
Your body is tired after all the hard work its done making and birthing your tiny little human. It definitely deserves a break from any self-imposed scrutiny. I mean, you did house a child for nine months, for goodness-sake!
You Are a Mom
Becoming a mom isn’t something that ever changes. Once you have a baby, you will always be a mom! Nothing is more important than your child so stop spending time hating your new body. Focus on how important it is to teach your children to love themselves, to love their bodies just as they are. Teach your children to embrace life and live to the fullest… and take your own advice.
Remember that even though your body changes are new territory, you have created, grown and birthed life. That is the biggest accomplishment of all. Be proud of your battle scars, and be proud of your body for what it went through to accomplish the greatest achievement of all.
All that matters at the end of the day is that I’m healthy, I’m happy, I have an amazing husband and a beautiful son to show for it.