The Shape of A Mother

The Shape of A Mother

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Birth is hard on a woman's body. I remember before I gave birth to Jasmine, I was under the impression that two weeks later I would be down to my pre-pregnancy size. I thought I would go right back to wearing the same outfits I wore the year prior. It wasn't until months--nearly a year after giving birth, that my body "returned to normal." And that was only because I spent hours upon hours in front of the TV sweating it out and yelling obscenities at my workout frenemy Jillian Michael's.

Even still, I have to take it day by day. I realize that I can no longer veg out on the couch all day eating Krispy Kreme without suffering the consequences. And that's fine. I'm no longer that person. I want to set a good example for my daughter.

While I was in my darkest moments, depressed about my body, I happened to stumble upon a site that became my greatest motivator--The Shape of A Mother. This site is filled with stories from everyday women going through the same thing most mothers deal with shortly after birth; coming to term with their new bodies. The most amazing thing about this site is that it showcases the beauty of motherhood. There, the women bare their souls and their bodies.



I began immersing myself in their stories. Women who had multiple births. Women who had c-sections. Women who were struggling to reclaim their pre-pregnancy bodies. They were just like me. It was such a comfort during that period in my life. Even today, I still go back and read some of those amazing stories. I encourage women, the same way I was encouraged. That's the thing about motherhood, we may choose to raise our children differently, we may even choose to give birth differently, but we are all bound by one common trait; our ability to give life. And that makes us pretty spectacular.

I hope that if you're having a hard time with your body, you'll take the time to check out The Shape of a Mother. It is a great resource. I hope that it will comfort you in your time of need. It has certainly helped my reclaim the love for body that I thought I had lost for good.

How did you deal with finding the beauty with your post-pregnancy bodies? Do you have any tips for women who my be suffering from negative body image? As always, sound off in the comment section below.



Photo cred) The Daily Oracle 


6 comments :

  1. I will def. be in need of this in the near future :) Thanks for sharing girl.

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    1. Will you now??? Is there a little one on the way???

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  2. It took me forever to lose my baby weight. I think because after my first was born, I went right back into the In Vitro process and a little over a year later had my second. When the kids were little, there was rarely time for me to eat, I'd throw a cookie in my mouth. I passed through the kitchen. Not healthy, but I was on "survival mode". Once the kids were no longer babies, I lost the weight. I would have liked to have done it earlier, but just couldn't. Maybe if I had known about "The Shape of a Mother" I would have been able to do it sooner.

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    1. Carrying a baby is tough on a woman's body. Especially if you do it back to back like you did. And then have two little one's to keep up with. My hats off to you for being able to do that while remaining sane.

      Even if it took you a bit longer to lose the weight than you would have liked, you eventually did. And that's the important thing :)

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  3. I'm going to check that site out! Thanks for sharing it! I'm really trying to get in shape before my 30th birthday, it's my goal. Now that I've had two kids I really feel like it's my time to get back in shape. I want to be healthy. So far I've been trying to make good decisions when eating. Between running around after Savannah and breastfeeding I feel like I'm burning a good amount of calories. I really want to step it up next month though and start doing some serious training.

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    1. I'm happy that link was useful :)

      And yes, breastfeeding is an amazing calorie burner. I wish I had made better eating choices while I was nursing. I would have lost the weight a lot faster.

      Once the Doc gives you the all clear, you should check out the 30 Day Shred by Jillian Michaels. It's a 20 minute power workout (which is great if you have kids and need to squeeze something in real quick). But I will caution you to be careful with some of the ab moves. It will be a while before your stomach muscles return to normal. My stomach is still numb is certain places because of the c-section.

      Looking forward to more v-logs from you. I've been "allegedly" considering doing one for my about me section.

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