The sentence "I want my pre-baby body back" has been condemned in the world I live in.
In fact, I feel some push-back from other postpartum wellness professionals who believe I shouldn’t tell postpartum women to care about their weight. Moms are now supposed to mostly care about their child, they are supposed to embrace where they are and accept that their bodies have changed.
If you want to dig deeper into this, I wrote an article called “Mama, You Have Permission” on this subject to empower other moms to set their own wellness goals. You can read it here.
I think the point that is trying to be made by condemning the desires for postpartum weight loss, is that you can’t ignore the fact that your body has definitely changed after having a baby. You now have stretch marks, your belly is more prominent, and your breasts are sagging. You can’t erase that.
But I don't think any mama out there is trying to erase her pregnancy and childbirth experience, because no matter how hard it was, it brought a beautiful child into this world.
All the mama means when she says this is that she wants to look and feel like she did before having her baby.
As a woman, I have goals and desires that are not attached to just being a mother. I wanted my pre-baby body back, and I knew that I could get there with commitment and consistency to a clean diet and regular exercise.
The truth is I didn’t get my pre-baby body back. I got a post-baby body I totally fell in love with. Because I changed my mindset and transformed my relationship with food and with my body. And this is the gift I want every mom to receive.
Whether you are aspiring to get your pre-baby body back, or aspiring to accept your current body for the way it is, then all the power to you!
Unfortunately, sometimes self-acceptance is disguised as self-negligence. Some moms are living in their yoga pants, everyday dirty-hair put up in a ponytail, eating poorly and feeling like crap. All I want to tell these women is: “This is not YOU”.
I don't mean to offend anyone here...I just want to express my opinion regarding this topic. Taking care of what we put into our bodies and moving regularly is the foundation for living a healthy, vibrant and long life.
Whether you care about fitting into your old jeans or not is irrelevant.
What matters is that you are empowered and motivated to take care of yourself so that you can live your best life!
I help my clients make personalized sustainable change to their nutrition and lifestyle. But first, we all need to get in the right mindset. Quick fixes don’t work.
If you're in need of support when it comes to creating a personalized plan and working towards your transformational goals, let's chat!