#birthingrituals no. 9: On "Snapping Back." This is me, 8 weeks post-partum. While I'm still going through tons of physiological change, I've been lucky enough to feel more or less in my body again. Lately I've heard a lot of, "You look good - you don't look like you just had a baby." While these words are definitely offered and received as a compliment, they do give me pause. There should be absolutely nothing wrong with a woman looking like she just had a baby - no matter her size or shape - because new moms are the strongest, most beautiful, most gangster people we'll ever know.
The notion of a mom "snapping back" or going back to who she was pre-pregnancy is simply a myth we should set aside. Giving birth leaves a woman profoundly and forever changed mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and most certainly physically. Mamas, let's unapologetically celebrate that.