"Bouncing Back" after having a baby isn't something that "just happens" ! .
Social media is something that has conditioned us to think that all is perfect and we are so used to seeing the highlight reels from each others lives that we often forget that life is a PROCESS. .
Photo on the left is a few months post baby #2 & photo on the right was earlier today, a few months post baby #3. Every person, every BODY is different... and even if it is the same body... every pregnancy and post pregnancy is different! .
My recovery has been so much easier in some regards after this last pregnancy because of my activity throughout the pregnancy... and still, I still have a WAYS to go before I am back to where I was at this time after my last pregnancy. I am ten pounds heavier now than I was then and much softer in the midsection. .
But you know what? You won't catch me saying "Why aren't I there yet?" You know why? Because I JUST GAVE LIFE TO ANOTHER HUMAN BEING. My body has granted me three beautiful gifts in the last four years. I talk to so many women every day and I hear them get frustrated and say things like "why don't I look like I used to?!" or "why don't I look like her?" or "why aren't I there yet?" .
We have GOT to NORMALIZE post baby bodies. And what they've done for us. And what they look like...without fear, judgement, or shame. We need to understand that they are BEAUTIFUL. And that ALL BODIES are beautiful. .
I chose to workout and eat healthy during my pregnancies, but whether or not that was another person's choice during pregnancy doesn't matter. NO body is going to look exactly the same as it did before...that's 40 freakin weeks of your body carrying a baby around, stretching, growing, developing a child. .
It will TAKE TIME to get back to baseline. And sometimes more time than we'd like. But instead of fixating ourselves on how we LOOK after baby, we should focus on how we FEEL. The confidence, happiness, and joy that I feel starts from the inside and works its way out-that body on the left? Yeah, I'd like to get back there, and I know I will eventually. But I'm not stressing it. I'm more focused on being happy & healthy... (👇🏼read on friends!)