Probably one of the hardest things about being a new Mum is dealing with the Mum bod. After the initial few weeks of overwhelming tiredness and LOVE you then actually have to get dressed out of trackies, leave the house & start living that Mum life 😳
Well…aside from the obvious baby drama of leaving the house. You actually have the internal battle of YOU leaving the house! So you’re not big enough to wear maternity jeans anymore (well you kinda are but won’t let yourself) your normal jeans are waaaaaaaay waaaaaaay to small and you’re so f*cking fed up of wearing leggings that you just come to the realisation that pjs will be your new norm now 🙈
The worst is that you’re a completely different shape, you still have an insatiable appetite, you’re hormonal and nothing seems to FIT YOU ANYMORE!!! You smell like baby sick, your mum Gunt is just flapping around and you have to tuck it into your leggings & your boobs look like a disaster and to be quite honest Its totally overwhelming when you have to look in the mirror. I remember getting out of the shower and thinking WTF?! My C section scar was all red, everything is bigger, it’s just so so hard to take in & deal with! Don’t get me wrong I obviously know that it’s for an amazing reason and you’re holding your gorge bubba BUT after birth body absolutely sucks!
I didn’t even attempt dieting or exercise for a good 3 months after Ada (obvs I wasn’t eating the pack of custard creams an hour) but to be honest you kinda live in that new mum bubble when you tell yourself you’re totes allowed to still be bigger because you know your babe is so tiny! BUT after 12 weeks I remember thinking “oh! So I still can’t do my jeans up properly & I weigh 1.5 stone more than I did pre Ada wtf is up with that?!” I thought naively maybe that it would just fall off as everyone says it will, so you just believe them! Before I could just eat an apple a day for a week (I’m exaggerating, kinda 😳) and lose half a stone! Yeaaaaa, that doesn’t work anymore! You’re tired, need energy and because you’re now suddenly at home all the time you have access to your fridge 24/7!
So jamie (The Huz) is being fantastic through this post baby bod biz, he won’t mind me saying but he piled on the lbs with me through pregnancy. I 100% hand on heart blame chicken nuggets… we were ploughing through a box of 20 in like a minute NO JOKE then washing that down with a sausage roll chaser! 😂
It helps that he’s also been on a health kick with me. All praise to him he totally complements me and tells me not to be so hard on myself because I’ve had a baby that’s why I look different blah blah blah….. BUT I just can’t explain it, no amount of uptalking yourself and repeating “I’ve just had a baby this is why you look like this” does any good. Like seriously when I first looked in the mirror …. my GAWD! 😱😱😱😱
So after living up the mumlife for a few months I started to exercise again. Let me tell you I felt sooo amazing for it. I salute Joe Wicks, his YouTube Chanel is my absolute JAM! (Mmmmmmm jam 😋) HIIT workouts are my saviour! I try to do one a day and chuck a few sit ups in there and SLOWLY but surely it started to come off! I also turned Vegan. Did I mention I’m all about that Vegan life now 😂 It’s done wonders for me, I’m less bloated, I dropped the last stubborn few lbs and have loads more energy. (Although, it’s not treating my skin well.. but that’s another subject! 😂) &&& ACTIVEWEAR is the absolute shiz, it’s so comfy if you put it on in the morning there’s a better chance you’ll do some kind of exercise (not 100% though) & I feel all kinds of sass wearing it because it’s actually now nicer than normal clothes I swear!
Ada will be 9 months next week and I have only just reached my pre baby weight! I piled on 4 stone through pregnancy, which tbh I think 2 stone of which was biscuits, chocolate spread and nugs! I know for sure if we do this baby thing again, I’ll probs just do exactly the same I think 😂
Annoyling I found a documentary only like 2 weeks ago, which would have really done wonders for me if I’d watched just after Ada at the beginning of my body shaming stint. It’s called Embrace. It’s bloody brilliant and completely changed my outlook on everything body related! Watch it!
All I will say is whatever you’re thinking about your bod, no one else will be! Stick with it, it takes time and except for the likes of Tammy Hembrow I don’t think anyone bounces back that quick & every new Mum has this thought at least once.
Sooo I say give yourself a break, concentrate on the things you love about yourself & count yourself lucky for what you’ve made! Also…go shopping! 😬 Your bods a different shape now you need new clothes 😂😂
Thanks for reading.