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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Getting Back the Pre-pregnancy Body (re-run)

If you are looking for quick tips to get back in shape after having a child, this will not be the place. Now I don't meen that I think it's idiocy to try and get back in shape after pregnancy. I do my share of walking, swimming and Zumba... when I feel like it. But I have not 'gotten back' the body I had before I got pregnant.
I think it's much more important to be healthy and fit than to look like a supermodel. (Which in any case would never be a possibility)
I don't even see something wrong with looking the part - as a mom. I don't think my body will ever be the same, and I wouldn't want it too.
I got back to my pre-pregnancy weight (it took me 20 months though), but I am far from being the same. I have a couple of stretch marks, my hips got larger and I have bigger boobs (but I'm not happy about the latter - you get used to living with tiny breasts and then all of a sudden you have to wear a bra ALL THE TIME, WTF), but I feel I am more of a woman now. A big plus from having been pregnant is that my nails and hair are healthier. My hair seems fuller and it's gotten ver very long.
I'm not saying I don't sometimes wish I was skinnier or taller or ... but on most days, I love this body. It has been home to my daughter for nine months and it has provided food for her tummy. It will hopefully house many more children later on. I love this body for it, even if it's not what society prescribes. I am happy, I am healthy. So why would I fret.

What about you? Did it take long to get back to your pre-pregnancy weight? Are you unhappy of how you look after becoming a mommy? Has your body changed much? Your comments are very welcome.



  1. Not too late to comment, I hope !
    That is a great topic. You could ask on the fb board how women see their body after pregnancy and how society influences their view on their body.
    My body will never be the same. Pregnancy ages your body. It never took me long to get my pre-pregnancy weight, right now Sophie is 2 mo and I have 2 kg to lose (well, 1 kg might just be in the breasts, so I just have 1 kg to lose). But the stomach skin is full of wrinkles (no stretch marks, lucky me), my belly button looks weird, my breasts are hanging. I take it well. It means I have carried children. I take my face wrinkles and my grey hair (no dying for me, no, thanks) the same : it means I am going trhough life, and that I am still here. Bearing children, getting older, is part of life. Seeking eternal youth is not healthy and not realistic and therefore cannot makes one happy. Accepting one's body and understanding what its changes mean will help one be happy.

  2. Murielle, it's never too late to leave a comment, I read them all, no matter how old the post is.
    You have a point with the cultural influence on the perception of ones appearance.
    I for one feel fatter when I am in Europe and I feel rather beautiful when I am in Africa, go figure, and that even after I just lost 10 kg and actually dropped 6 kg below my prebaby weight.
    Whenever I go out or especially when I go shopping, I just feel like a whale... I never feel like that in AFrica

  3. I have to say this is one argument for having kids young. I'm 25 and I'm healthier and in better shape than before I had her. I was down 10 pounds less than my pre-pregnancy weight by 9 months postpartum. I'm about 5-10 lbs less than that now (18 m pp). I don't exercise and I definitely don't diet, but I do eat a generally healthy diet and I walk instead of using the car. I think I was healthy before, but now I'm fit, and I think the baby was the motivation for getting out and going on walks and eating better.

  4. I am 4 weeks post-partum. And although I still need my maternity pants, I love my body! I lost most of my tummy and what is remaining is the perfect cushion for my baby when I am breastfeeding. I don't fret about losing weight like I did with my firstborn. It will go away in time, when it's no longer needed. And when it's time, I will work on keeping an actual exercise routine. I am now thinking about doing yoga with my sons...teaching myself and them more about their body sounds like a great way to connect with each other and teach us all about how to listen to ourselves :)
    Kerry, SAHM
    Conor, 24M
    Carson 4 weeks


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