Body After Baby Thoughts

First of all can we talk about how in the hell anyone looks like this after giving birth??

Because I did not!

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Changing out of the hospital gown was way too much effort for me the first 24 hours. And wearing heels? Forget it! My feet and ankles were so swollen that I could only wear flip flops. Thankfully there weren’t photographers and fans waiting outside for me to leave the hospital!

I documented some of my “bump pictures” throughout the pregnancy but haven’t had the urge to document it postpartum. Mainly because I don’t want to put some ridiculous pressure on myself to loose all the baby weight right away and look super fit and toned.

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The most I have jogged has been 2 miles and it feels like 6 miles.  My dog is also out of shape so we are building back up together, lol. I have a ways to go with getting my endurance back. But it feels wonderful to get out there and sweat again, I missed this so much the last 5 months.

My abs are also shot. Like seriously I think they disappeared. I didn’t know I could shake so much while doing a forearm plank. ON MY KNEES. Oy!

I still have a little baby pooch and feel a little impatient to get rid of it. But you know what? It is what it is! It is seriously amazing what our bodies go through and how they change to create and grow a life.

 I try to eat relatively healthy and have always incorporated exercise into my life. While it is important for me to get back into shape, it isn’t my number 1 priority right now.

This little munckin is. A happy and healthy Charlotte!

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No more pictures MOM!

One of the main reasons I love exercise is HOW I FEEL during and afterwards. Of course I want to have a toned body (who doesn’t) but it isn’t all about the aesthetics. I like the time that is just for myself, to sweat, and to feel my muscles working.

I am learning now it’s best for me to take everything one day at a time and not put unnecessary pressure on myself.

This is how I have been feeling most days!

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The baby snuggles make it all worth it!!

Do you feel like your body bounced back after baby?

What are your thoughts on postpartum body image?

 

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10 thoughts on “Body After Baby Thoughts

  1. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance

    Once I was able to workout, I felt like I bounced back fairly quickly but I have to say that it can be hard dealing with a postpartum body because it just is not the same. But, the little guy makes it worth it!

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  2. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West

    Hi Marielle! I definitely think too much pressure is put on moms to “bounce back.” Instead, I think you should be moving when you are ready, in order to get the healthy benefits of exercise, not so much to shed all that weight immediately. And by the way, your poor doggie probably wants you to take it slow too hehehe! Just enjoy your little one! The fitness will come back eventually.

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  3. Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness

    I said the same exact thing when I saw the picture of Princess Kate after giving birth!! I was like, “That poor woman! She has to get her hair and makeup done and put on a dress and heels a few hours after popping out a human being?!!” 😉 And I like your healthy approach to getting back in pre-baby shape!

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