Mind & Motion

Body After Baby

Posted in Health, Inspiration, Pilates by Meghan Pickrell on September 2, 2014

Standing where she was born

Standing where she was born

Suckling babe

Suckling babe

Henri at 2 months

Henri at 2 months

A baby comes into your life and changes you: you’re exhausted, enchanted, filled with love and bewilderment. You’re suddenly mesmerized by this little creature who was born after 10 months of growing inside you (if your male and reading this, disregard). Your body becomes like a shell that has been shed after its purpose was served. So not only are there emotional changes there are definite physical ones. Uh huh.

Women come to me postpartum and want their body “back.” This is somewhat possible. I understand feeling robbed of your youthful figure which was taken hostage by your little bean. Maybe your clothes still don’t fit, you don’t feel like “you” anymore. Getting into a regular movement practice even a few times a week can help you reclaim your physique. There are even classes for moms where you can bring your baby with you: mommy and baby yoga, stroller strides etc. Taking time to feel your muscles stretching and becoming active can help you find your rhythm once again. If possible, you may want to actually take time away from your babe in order have a moment to breathe and connect to yourself (hint, come to pilates class!).

There is also something to appreciate in our changed body. I’ve seen a few articles recently with images of women postpartum: soft bellies, hips, sagging boobs. Amazing. There is something in our shell-like body that is also a reminder of what we have accomplished: creating life! WTF?! When I was dancing if you developed varicose veins in your legs it was pretty awesome because it represented hard work and intensity. It wasn’t a flaw, it was an accomplishment. There is something to be appreciated and honored in the postpartum body. Why would we want our bodies to get “back” when we have come so far forward?

Move your body, exercise, get those muscles going to help you lift those heavy babies. Find time to do something active that you love. Your body will feel normal again. But also remember your bod may be a bit changed. Let’s find the beauty (and peace) in that. xo, M

 

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  1. Judie Carroll said, on September 2, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Awesome analysis of the process. This continues forever!

  2. cnotemaker said, on September 3, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Great article. And Beautiful BABE.

  3. Jane glover said, on September 4, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    …a great reminder to keep moving forward and realize that beautiful babies are not the only thing in store to change you and your body.!!! Great words and very wise.


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