So here is a post about my post-pregnancy body. It does not include weight loss tips or an exercise plan. I know traditionally we’re all supposed to hate our bodies after we give birth, but actually, after my successful VBAC in February, I LOVE my body. I think it is the most awesome miraculous thing in the world! It doesn’t look like the pictures you see in magazines of how we are supposed to look, but I don’t give a crap about all of that nonsense. My body has grown and fed two tiny human beings! That is a million times better than being able to wear a bikini.
Giving birth has made me feel like the cleverest person in the world. I am amazed by what my body can do and has done. I feel stronger than I ever have done before. I feel like I can do anything now, it’s an addictive feeling. I want to challenge myself. I can’t wait to get my running shoes on again – it’s been a while! I’m considering signing up for a 10K run to get that buzz of completing a challenge and physical achievement again.
And now I feel like my body is a temple, what I put into it is more important than ever. I’ve been dabbling with the Paleo diet for about a year and a half now, but basically by cutting back on processed food including grains (because how much processing does an ear of wheat have to go through in order to make spaghetti?) and eating more whole foods instead, I have so much more energy (all the better to cope with the disrupted nights!), better digestion, no more bloating, better skin, more even moods, and generally just feel so much better. Don’t get me wrong I’m not perfect, sometimes we still have sandwiches for lunch or pasta for dinner, and it’s hard to resist the lure of the biscuit tin when you’ve been awake all night. But I’ve definitely found that eating better makes me feel better.
My point is, my body is amazing and is capable of amazing things. Yours is amazing too. Look after it and keep it that way! And forget about the idiots who want to help you get back your pre-pregnancy body; they are probably just trying to sell you something.