I have to admit, I’ve been struggling with accepting my post-pregnancy body. People always tell me “omg, you look great, you don’t have to change a thing“. The problem is, I don’t like it. I’m unhappy with it. So I can’t just accept it.
I’ve been extremely busy, working on it. Trying to tone it up. Truthfully, it does not happen overnight. (Not that I expected that). I remember when I first began to drop most of the weight. My stomach was so stretched, saggy, I swear I could wrap it around me like a robe. (CAN YOU IMAGINE THAT?!?!?).
As soon as I was medically cleared I began to do crunches, sit-ups, and every other ab exercise there was! I began to work out so much that I would be too physically tired to even play with my daughter. I’ve managed to shed off most of the weight. Some of the fat is still there, but that’s okay. I’m happy to be making progress.
With my pregnancy, I gained a whopping 54lbs. (I was eating unhealthy as hell!). I went from weighing 127lbs to 181lbs. I was like whoa!!!!! I experienced morning sickness all the way up to my 8th month of pregnancy.
When you give birth you will still look pregnant for a while. I had a pot belly for the first 3 months after giving birth. It made me depressed. I was very insecure with my body. I felt extremely unattractive.
I recently began following a bunch of fitness moms on Instagram. They are truly inspiring. I gained enough confidence to start working out more. I began posting my post-pregnancy photos as well. I expected negative remarks but all I received was love and support. They were very kind. I received a lot of kind comments as well. Honestly, that was a shocker. (You can follow me & my journey on Instagram.)
Long story short, you have to be happy with yourself. If you do not like something about yourself then you have every right to alter it.
I’m currently 14 months post-pregnancy & I’m loving the result. My stomach is still a tad stretched out but I am much more satisfied with my body.
(NOTE: Yes, I did breastfeed, but after your uterus is done shrinking, the rest is up to you. You are in charge of getting rid of the rest of the baby weight. I mainly do crunches, sit-ups, planks, and walk damn near everywhere. I also use my daughter as a weight, to add pressure.)
Below are photos of me pregnant & a recent photos of me (don’t mind my hair lol) :
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