I've said it before and you'll likely hear me say it over and over again: women (or those perceived as women) are held to ridiculous beauty standards. People who have just given birth are expected to "bounce back" or "look adorable" or "lose the baby weight" immediately. This is not only potentially unhealthy, it's also unrealistic. I refuse to care about how I look postpartum, and that's just one of the many reasons why I won't apologize for wearing my partner's clothes when I was postpartum.
With so many other things to worry about, like keeping a human being that just exited my body (along with organ I created) alive, I refuse to be held to image standards that I don't agree with in the first place. There was a time I was extremely image conscious. I look back over my first limited supply of postpartum pictures and I can see the look of panic at having my picture taken. I remember my desperate attempts to hide my no-more-baby-bump behind lumpy sweaters and layers. I can see the anxiety that my carefully crafted look will fall apart as quickly as my free-flowing shirt can bare my stretch-marked belly.
The truth is, dear reader, I am happier when I'm comfortable and I'm comfortable when I'm not worried about my looks. Turns out I'm most comfortable postpartum when I'm in my partner's clothes ,and I refuse to apologize for that. Here's why: