27 Week Old Baby Reader Story 💡
Who Is This Person in the Mirror?
Your body changes so much during pregnancy, but that didn’t bother me. In fact, I never struggled with body image issues. But that all changed after I had my baby. I finally understood the struggle so many women face.
Interestingly, the feelings I had about my postpartum body were never about weight. Im fact, I lost almost all of the baby weight in the first few weeks. For me, the struggle was more about my new skin, new shape, and new proportions. I just didn’t feel comfortable in my own skin.
It took a lot of work to learn to love my new body. At first, I told myself that it didn’t matter what my body looked like—it had created a beautiful baby. But that philosophy only worked for a very short time. I just couldn’t put my finger on what it was that was really bothering me.
It took me a long time to realize that, even though I had never put much effort into my outward appearance, it was that lack of attention to self that had me feeling so down. I realized that I may never get my old body back, but my body is an extension of my mommy superpower, and it deserves to be taken care of, kept healthy, and fit. I owe it to my body and mind to feel proud of all that I have learned and accomplished through motherhood.
My body doesn’t have to fit a certain shape or ideal, but it does have to be able to nourish a baby and be strong enough to run after him. It’s all about perspective, and we can only empower our children if we feel empowered ourselves!