Being a personal trainer at the start I put a huge amount of pressure on myself to get my pre pregnancy shape back. I thought I could get it back faster than the average but turns out my body is just as slow as everyone else’s haha.
Some new mums are relaxed about their post birth body, seeing the changes as simply part of becoming a mum while others can find it more difficult.
I found it difficult at the start, I had to learn to work on patience, acceptance and to relax and enjoy my new body shape. Getting results after a baby is 100% attainable but we need to prepare ourselves that it may take a little longer than we expected but it will absolutely happen. I used to get angry about my pants not fitting but now I’m enjoying the journey of reclaiming my body both shape and strength. It’s the most satisfying feeling in the world next to watching my son grow and being a mum.
I have learnt that we place alot of pressure on ourselves as women to continually compare ourselves to other women. Generally the women we chose to compare ourselves to we always fall short. It’s hard to come to terms with it but each of us are built different, we need to have patience, balance and determination to succeed. We need to have realistic expectations of our bodies.
Don’t be alarmed by the way your tummy looks after birth. It was something no one advised me about and it was something I wasn’t prepared for. Even though your baby is out, you may still look six months pregnant with a round, squishy midsection.
Depending on the size of your baby you may have a dark line down your abdomen (called a linea nigra and a web of stretch marks, which are actually little scars caused by the extensive stretching of the skin.
It takes time for your body to recover from pregnancy, all the extra fat your put on to nourish the baby starts burning off especially if you are nursing and exercising. But it takes time to notice results.
It takes nine months to make a baby and generally as long to return to your pre pregnancy weight. Take your time and don’t feel pressured to look or feel a certain way too soon. Find an exercise routine you enjoy, stay focused and determined for you and your new family. Get out and be active and the results will come.
Left is August 2015 just over a month after Cian was born
Second Photo is November 2015 4 months after birth
On the left is February 2016
Right side is March 2016
Melissa O' Shaugnessy founder and owner of Fit Healthy You Fitness. I want to help people understand fitness and nutrition by keeping it simple stop all the confusion.