Learning to Embrace Your Postpartum Body

by ryann donahoe

 

This post has taken me some time to write. I’ve been trying to find the words to say to help  you really understand the way I have been feeling when it comes to this subject. As a mama of four, I know I'm not alone in this. You see, this picture was shot a couple of weeks ago. Every week I like to take a day and try to shoot some pictures of myself and the kids. Mainly because I want document their ever changing sweet little faces and features but also because creating content is my job.  

Later that night after the kids were in bed I did my usual routine of showering, getting ready for bed and grabbing my computer. I do this one the nights my husband has work he also needs to get done. As I was going through those pictures and editing them I came across this photo. I gasped, quickly hit the button to move on to the next picture and thought to myself, “That’s one photo I’ll never post.”

“You are not alone. There are so many of us out there just like you. “

 
 

Three babies in five years really took a tole on my body. It was easy after baby number one and even number two to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight. It took roughly nine months to get to that point and I was okay with that. But when I got on the scale a week before my last baby was turning one I couldn’t help to feel defeated. How am I only FIVE pounds down from the weight I was when I was going into the hospital to have her? It’s been twelve months. I should have it figured out by now or so I thought. I’m the type of person who really enjoys working out as often as I can and fitting a balanced diet into my life. At this point though most days it feels like I'm in survival mode.  

As a blogger and influencer I feel like part of my job is to help others understand that it is OKAY to not be perfect. Yes, we come across those Instagram profiles where we see mama’s in bikinis three weeks post baby. That’s okay too! But that’s not all of us. It’s definitely not me right now. If we only show the “good” pictures of ourselves what’s the point? We need more encouraging post to the mama’s struggling with their postpartum bodies. Even when their babies turn to toddlers. Why do we feel like it’s our job as mothers to get back to our pre-baby weight so fast? Being able to grow a human is such an honor and something we shouldn't take lightly. I wish I would could say I have completely accepted my new postpartum mom body. I haven’t, although I’m learning. All mama’s should win some sort of “Super Woman” title. Pregnancy, postpartum and motherhood are all incredible journeys. So heres to all of you mama’s out there that feel defeated when it comes to your postpartum body. You are not alone. There are so many of us out there just like you.

 

Signed,

A mama of four who is learning to embrace her new body.


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Ryann Donahoe is an excellent example of today’s modern mom. As a wife and mother of four she shares all of her experience on balancing mom life while trying to stay on top of the latest trends. With just a brief look at her blog, Balancing In High Heels, you’ll quickly see she shares her thoughts on motherhood, health, fashion and much more. Ryann has always found joy in being a mother, and she blended this with her passion for writing to delight her audience with stories of love, fear and the many challenges that encompass parenthood. Her goal is to share advice that helps all families achieve their best potentials.

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