Baby O has finally arrived and now that we’re home and I’m gradually recovering from surgery and counting down to the coveted “all clear” from my doctor, it’s time to shift focus a bit. I’ve spent the last 42 weeks documenting as best as I can, my journey through a fit and healthy pregnancy. All in all, I did awesome! I moved, I grooved and I kept my weight gain to a reasonable amount of 33lbs which is 17 less than I gained last time. But it wasn’t as much about the weight as the lifestyle. I felt good, I felt strong and I know my body will bounce back faster because of it.
That being said, I also recognize that the portrayal of post-pregnancy that the media sheds light on is far from accurate. Those 33lbs don’t just melt off the second the baby comes out. My abs aren’t going to magically fasten themselves back together and suddenly form a six-pack and I can guarantee you the only thing flat on my body right now are the bottoms of my feet. The only thing that irks me more than the skewed views society imposes on us for what is healthy vs. unhealthy (i.e. size 0->healthy; size 6->plus size) is the idea that women’s bodies can, should and do shed the veil of pregnancy instantly.
People…it just ain’t so.
I am not a professional, I have no fancy degrees or education therefore the views here are strictly my own and based on my own experience. That being said, I can also say that as an average, every day women who juggles 2 kids, career (when not on maternity leave), home, outside family demands and so forth, what you see in magazines in not realistic. But that does not by any means say that you can’t have that same end result…just don’t expect it to happen overnight.
In shifting gears from pregnancy to post-partum, you’ll get the opportunity to follow me through my Body After Baby (BAB) series. You’ll get a firsthand look at how a regular person (me) goes about getting back into shape, losing the baby weight and hopefully being in fighting form to run a half marathon later this year. As with anything I write about, you’ll see the good, the bad and the ugly in this journey. Starting with….the post-baby belly. Not as adorable as the big belly from a couple of weeks ago but hey…THIS is what we look like after giving birth.
Nearly 42 weeks pregnant
5 days postpartum
No six-pack on this mama