Okay so I have to admit…
I was pretty DELUSIONAL about how I THOUGHT I would look & feel postpartum.
I WAS CERTAIN that I’d be back to my pre-pregnancy weight in just a few short weeks at the most 1 or 2 months.
I even remember texting a couple of my friends a week after giving birth saying,
“Please tell me this belly will not take whole 6 weeks to go AWAY!”
ha ha ha ha!
Now I can look back and laugh.
Now I can see how delusional I was.
My baby girl is now 7 months old and yes I have lost most of the baby weight,
but my body today is no longer, nor will it ever be, the way it once was before growing a human.
My belly is still not the bikini wearing pouchless belly I wish it was.
After being so stretched out for months, it’s just a part of life– bellies become gooshy & stretchy & different.
But why do those traits have to be bad traits??
Postpartum tummies are gooshy & stretchy & different because…
Well, because of a good thing, in fact a great thing
a wonderful thing
a miraculous thing
So, why then?
Why do we baby carrying
baby nourishing women feel like we need to..
Fit into our pre-pregnancy clothes so quickly?
Wear bigger baggier tummy-hiding shirts?
Do more ab workouts?
Fit in the thigh workouts?
Dream about the diets we could be on if we weren’t breastfeeding?
Something that started as a microscopic speck grew inside of you for almost an ENTIRE YEAR.
You had to give up caffeine, sushi, alcohol, hot tubs, sleep, brain cells, your favorite clothes, your eyesight, your toe touches, your memory and so on.
You gave up months of your life dedicated to taking care of yourself so this little human could be healthy & happy & safe & grow.
Only to feel unhappy with yourself when you look in the mirror months later.
Feel proud— your baby is worth your new body & your wonderful extra pounds!
If you were told at the beginning– you’ll get a baby but you’ll also get a few extra pesky pounds & a different body would you do it again?
(Ephesians 2:10) Who am I to say that there is something wrong with my body? That would be rejecting God’s creative work.
So, flaunt that baby gut, don’t you be ashamed.
You earned that tummy and you earned each, those stretch marks & every last pound as you ate to nourish your perfect little leach.
Your perfect little leach who is now a perfect little piglet if you’re breastfeeding.
And if you’re breastfeeding that means you HAVE TO KEEP EATING for the sake of your offspring. So don’t start cutting out carbs or eating less
your little milk gulping cub needs you to be fed and well nourished!
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
Photographs take by Katie Weber Photography