Although I can empathize with what they’re feeling, I don’t have a lot of sympathy when I hear other mothers go on-and-on about their pre-baby body as if it’s some distant memory never to be experienced again. Complaining about your saggy stomach, stretched-out boobs, and cottage-cheese thighs is a big, fat pity party for one. Why don’t you add a pint of Ben & Jerry’s while you’re there and complete the picture?
Let’s get real, ladies! Past and current pregnancies are perfect excuses to adopt lazy habits and make poor lifestyle choices. “Eating for two” sound familiar? No you’re not! You’re eating for one — and 2.5 ounces of another. And God forbid anyone ever challenged us for keeping a few pounds around the middle once we’ve brought the miracle of new life into the world! But love it or hate it, someone needs to show you mommas the light.
When I say I can “empathize”, I truly mean it. To prove that I know what it’s like to lose control of your body, here I am at 37 weeks and getting ready to go to the hospital to birth my twins. People, the fact that I even put this awful picture on the internet is proof of how much I love you. I weigh 205 pounds here…’nuff said.
No, I take that back. It’s not enough said. Do you see those thunder thighs? What about that flabby arm! My stomach turns just looking at this picture. I hereby swear, if I am ever pregnant again (IF, Mother, I said “if”!), I will make far better choices for both me and baby…ies? (God have mercy).
Now here’s the real deal. Once the 20 pounds of baby and fluid were gone, did I magically lose all the weight overnight? Heck, no! It took me years of learning and making smart changes as I re-programmed what I thought I knew about food, exercise and healthy living — even though I had come from a healthy upbringing, I had a lot to learn. It was, and is, a journey. And now, I am confident that I would never make the same mistakes again (although I’m sure I’m making different ones!).
The truth is, we all have the ability to not only get that pre-baby body back, but do even better! Not only did I lose that 65 pounds of baby-related jelly, I lost another 20 for good measure. Find what works for you — and don’t give up trying until you do. You’re capable of more than you think!
And for all you pregnant ladies out there, let’s set our sights higher than the social norm and not use the reproduction of human life as an excuse to eat whatever we want whenever we want. If there was ever a time to eat clean, it’s while you share your resources with that growing babe. I didn’t consider this enough when I was pregnant and my body, and possibly my children, paid dearly for it.