Learning to Love Your Post-baby Body

Learning to Love Your Post-baby Body

The Fourth Trimester Bodies project celebrates post-baby bodies.

Some days it’s hard to accept our post-baby bodies. Wherever you look there are images of moms with perfect post-baby bodies, but no one talks openly about the struggles of losing baby weight. Many of us are embarrassed that we haven’t lost it as fast as we thought we would.

Although it may be different, the post-baby body is a beautiful thing and here are some tips to help you embrace it.

Never compare yourself to others. Your best friend may have lost all her baby weight after the first month and here you are, months later and still struggling. We all have different things going on inside our bodies, there’s a dance of hormones, stress, and so many other things that play a part in our weight. Focus on yourself, on the beautiful gift that your body gave you, and never try to push yourself to meet someone else’s goals.

Love your new body. Remove all unloving words about your body from your vocabulary. Remind yourself of all the positive things, and be thankful for them. Focus on a different body part every day and tell it how much you love it, thank it for doing such a wonderful job. It may sound silly but I promise once you start, it will help you erase the negative view and help you fall in love with your new body.

Toss the scale. That little number can have such a haunting affect on us if it doesn’t say what we want it to. Why let an insignificant number dictate your mood and self-esteem? Instead focus on how you feel, how your clothes fit, and your energy levels.

Change your look. Instead of focusing all your energy into fitting into those pre-baby clothes, treat yourself to a new look. Things shift during pregnancy and what better excuse to revamp your wardrobe than having given birth to a perfect little human? You’ll feel much better in a new dress that’s a size bigger than wearing the same pair of yoga pants day in and day out waiting for your pre-baby clothes to fit. Trust me, I speak from experience.

Be kind to yourself. Don’t take drastic measures. Remember that your body has undergone enormous changes during pregnancy, breastfeeding and getting used to a new life. Settle into your new life, find comfort in your new body and all of the amazing things it was able to do.

Jacqueline Banks is a certified Holistic Health Counselor focused on nutrition and green living strategies. She works with women in all stages of motherhood, from mothers struggling with conception, through pregnancy, lactation and beyond to ensure the best health and nutrition for both mother and baby.

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