What is it about people commenting on things that have absolutely nothing to do with them? Like other people’s bodies, for instance. What your body looks like has nothing to do with me, and vice versa. Still, people feel entitled to comment on a person's appearance, and childbirth (including the months that follow) seems to only make it worse. As if motherhood wasn't challenging enough, right? So I asked moms to reveal the terrible things they've been told about their post-baby bodies, not because it's part of being a new mom, but because it absolutely shouldn't be. In no way should a postpartum woman accept unsolicited comments about her body, and the only way to fix a problem is to admit one actually exists.
After I had my son, I heard it all. Friends told me I looked “OK” for a new mom. “Well-meaning” relatives would remind me that I should start working out and watching what I eat. Strangers would ask me when I was due long after I’d given birth. In fact, I can still remember the look on the lady's face from my local smoothie shop after I told her my son had been born four months ago. Hell, years later people still think it’s somehow OK to comment on my figure. But it isn’t. Y’all are being rude as heck and, frankly, us moms don’t need to put up with it.
Turns out, I haven’t heard the worst of it, either. I spoke with a few other badass moms who revealed all the messed up things people said to them about their postpartum bods and, well, it was difficult to keep my eyes from popping out of my head (or curse words from exiting my mouth). People, we deserve some damn medals for taking these comments with a hefty grain of salt.