Fitness 5 years ago
I’m almost 4 months postpartum, so I wanted to share a little body update with you all!
I recently shared on my Instagram stories how I’m no longer trying to get back into my ‘old shape’ but instead, I’m embracing my ‘new shape.’ I think so many of us (myself included) have this expectation of being able to get back into pre-baby shape and fitting into those same jeans at some point. I’m not saying you won’t ever fit back into them, but let’s be real- things have changed.
When I had Chloe, I saw subtle changes in my body that I was able to work with, but now after having baby #2, things have changed a lot! Things shift and move and widen… and it’s all out of our control. I soon realized that I can either work with my current body or keep wishing that things would go back to the way they were before,
I took some body shots here and there- nothing too consistent because these images were really just for myself and no one else to see. Here’s a general recap of the past few months chronicling how my body has been changing.
1 Month Postpartum
I still looked 6 months pregnant. I wasn’t able to fit into any jeans or pants at all. It was definitely hard to walk around, so, for the most part, I lived in my robe and nursing bra at home. The only time I left the house was to go to doctors appointments. I pretty much continued wearing my maternity clothes through this month. I was in so much pain, I didn’t even take photos!
2 Months Postpartum
Still looked 6 months pregnant. There was very little shrinking in my stomach area and my boobs started to get very large as I started to produce a lot more milk. I was finally able to start wearing jeans again- but they were still my maternity jeans. I pretty much only wore maternity clothes through this month as well.
3 Months Postpartum
This is when I started to see some improvement. I still had a belly, but it looked more like a 4-month pregnant belly as opposed to a 6-month pregnant belly! Haha! Baby steps, right? I decided to go out and purchase some non-maternity pants and I’m so glad I did. I’m usually a size 25 in pants but I’m currently rocking a size 28. It feels good to wear pants again even though they’re 3 sizes up. Boobs are larger than ever- I feel like I cow and oh… I also started to finally use the postpartum belt and I think it’s helped so far.
4 Months Postpartum
I finally weighed myself- as I promised myself I wouldn’t step on the scale until after month 3. I’m still 18 lbs. over my previous weight but honestly, that doesn’t mean much to me at this point because I feel so much better and healthier. I started to work out 1-2 times a week with a trainer and have been taking family walks over the weekend. I definitely still have my belly but I’ve learned to embrace it! And yes, my boobs are just humongous at this point. I’m still able to fit into my size 28 jeans/pants but they’re not as tight as they were last month!
I wanted to give you guys a realistic update with my ever-changing body. I realize that there’s a lot of beautiful imagery out there on social media of women bouncing back after they’ve given birth and such- but there are not enough women showing what happens DURING that process.
I’m hoping this post will show you guys that it takes time. If you just had a baby or not, I encourage you all to love your body at every state instead of waiting to love it once you get to ‘that size’ or ‘that weight.’