Once you have a baby, you’re not the same person anymore. And I don’t mean in the figurative “my life has been changed and my heart is full of love” sense. I mean – literally – your body is not the same anymore. And it won’t go back to the way it was. Yes, you will drop the baby weight and be able to buy pants with buttons again. But you have transformed.
Everyone says, “Give yourself grace,” and “You just had a baby, give it time.” But today I give you some practical things to remind yourself of on those days when you look in the mirror and just don’t recognize yourself yet.
Even if you’re not where you want to be yet, you are awesome because…
- You just spent 10 months growing another living creature. Let’s be real: that’s pretty damn amazing.
- You labored for hours to bring said creature into the world OR endured major abdominal surgery to get that creature here. Neither option is for the faint of heart. Either one makes you a strong, strong human being.
- Your uterus grew to the size of a watermelon over the course of 10 months, then shrank to the size of a grapefruit hours after birth. Your organs got pushed all out of whack yet were still able to function. That’s pretty cool.
- Your body is (or was) capable of producing milk around the clock to nourish and sustain your new baby. If you’re still breastfeeding, your body is working overtime to help baby thrive.
- Through the miracle of skin-to-skin contact, your body is able to sooth baby and regulate his body temperature.
To one tiny little creature, you are the world. Baby thinks you’re perfect just the way you are. As you adjust to this brand new version of yourself, remember how you’ve tested your physical limits this past year, and acknowledge all the miracles of biology that allow you to meet your baby’s needs. No, it’s not going to make your jeans fit any faster, but it sort of puts things in perspective.