So you’ve had a baby. Fabulous! But I have one question for you: When are you going to appear on the cover of a tabloid in a bikini talking about how you lost all the weight through breastfeeding and postnatal yoga? Because these are the things that are important now. After you have a baby, your priorities necessarily shift, and what could possibly be more important after such a monumental life change than getting your body to look as though it didn’t change at all?
We are living in a completely toxic atmosphere in which to be pregnant and give birth. Over the course of pregnancy, your body goes through so many completely bizarre changes that you couldn’t have expected. You barely have time to process one thing before something else pops up. Then you actually give birth and all of a sudden your huge pregnant belly is, like, gone… but it’s not really gone gone. You still look pretty pregnant, and no one prepared you for that, so you’re like, “Oh my god! Is this real life? Is this going to be forever?!”
Well, no, it’s probably not going to be forever, and before too long, your body will at least vaguely start to resemble its previous form (although what would be even more rad is if we could all accept that bodies are ever-changing and instead of placing priority on getting our bodies to look like they did before we were pregnant, we expected and embraced the fact that, like so many other things in life moving us ever-more-forward, they won’t ever be the same and that’s awesome, but hey, we all do what we can) but that won’t stop you from feeling the pressure to speed that process up to conform to social expectations about how you, a woman, should look.
Over the next few weeks, months, and even years, your body will shift and change even more as a result of childbirth and having been pregnant. Amid all these changes (not to mention having a new kid) it can be difficult to adequately address how you feel about your changed and changing body and, not surprisingly, it leaves a lot of women feeling deeply uncomfortable. This is a shame, because there’s so much to truly love about your body after you’ve had a baby. Let’s have a rundown of those many things, shall we?