Society has a weird obsession with weight. More so if you’re a woman, and even more so if you’ve just had a baby. There are countless headlines talking about the weight a certain celebrity gained while pregnant. There are just as many that either criticize said celebs for not losing the weight, or praising them for being “beach body ready” within two months of giving birth. As someone who did not “bounce back” to my pre-baby bod, I have to say there were just too many things I cared about more than losing baby weight after my kid was born.
I mean, seriously. When my son was born, I did not immediately think, “Oh man, I better hit the gym tomorrow!” Unless your career is based solely on how fit you are (meaning your ability to financially support your child is compromised if you don’t get "fit quick" and fit some social standard of beauty that is nothing if not unforgiving), I can’t really understand any other reason for immediately thinking you need to lose weight after bringing a human being into the world.
Sure, many of us would all like to look exactly as we did prior to having a baby or getting pregnant. But is it realistic? No. Our bodies need time to heal and recover from that nearly-year-long process of growing a human. Plus, some of us just don’t care. Period. So here’s what was occupying my mind (besides squats or whatever) in those postpartum days: