Holly: Body After Baby
Once you have a baby your body changes in ways you may or may not expect.
This blog is about sharing, right? Well, here I go… After I had Brett everything is just a bit, shall I say, looser down below. Your doctor tells you to do your Kegel exercises but the strengthening takes a while. I was having dinner with girlfriends a few weeks ago and we were discussing how sneezing has changed for us. You sneeze and a little bit of pee makes its way out! In fact, one friend said that if she is walking through her office and needs to sneeze she has to stop walking in order to tense up all of her muscles so that no pee comes out! We all laughed (while squeezing our muscles together so we didn’t pee at the dinner table)!
Another area that seemed difficult to control was my toosh (my butt)! I would be walking around the house and would pass gas! And, I mean, loudly! I was so embarrassed when my brothers were around to see the baby and I would lean over to grab my glass of water and, yep, you guessed it, a little toot came out!
For me at least, both of those things have now resolved themselves. What hasn’t though are changes to my aesthetic body. My stomach has a small pooch that won’t go away. I must say that I have NEVER had a flat stomach and, therefore, this doesn’t bother me all that much. I came to terms with the fact that I would probably never have tight, flat stomach a couple years ago.
What does bother me though is that my butt is bigger! I guess it is the widening of the hips or something but, boy, is it bigger! I had on a dress and leggings this weekend and the dress kept getting caught up on my butt! Then, I had on another dress to go to a wedding and it was tight through my butt!
Being in a moms group with almost 200 other new moms I have gotten to see seemingly every body-after-baby type. There are girls that bounce right back to their pre-baby bodies and some moms that have to work a bit harder. Some moms literally have flat stomachs again within a few months. One thing I do want to say to everyone is not to be discouraged about how your body looks. Everyone has a different body type and shape and we all have to learn to appreciate and love our own bodies, even if they aren’t Hollywood ‘perfect.’ We don’t all have the luxury of having personal trainers and personal chefs so do what is realistic to keep your own body healthy.
I will keep working out and exercising all necessary ‘muscle groups’ until my body is back to what I consider ‘normal.’ Of course, it will probably be a that time that I find out I am pregnant again!