I have trained many pregnant women, pre and post. I have lectured on this topic to personal trainers. I have helped friends and offered online advice because pregnancy was a huge part of my life.
Adding all three births:
pregnant for 30 months
gained over 150lbs
nursed for almost 36 months
I am by all means not saying that I know everything about fitness pregnancy but I do know what it feels like to not recognize your body. I know what it’s like to not be able to control how you feel or what you look like. I know what it feels like to have scars that embarrass you and limit you. I know what it feels like to not own your own body. I know what it feels like to think, “Will I ever get my body back?”
I get it. Whether it be from pregnancy, disease, illness or other circumstances. I understand not feeling good about your body. Will you ever get your body back? I am here to tell you that you will but it will never be the same. Like all things in the world, it has evolved and adjusted to accommodate what you endured. For me, my abdomen took the biggest hit throughout my pregnancies. My waistline is about two inches bigger because of a space that grew between my rectus abdominals to make room for large babies. I have loose skin that plastic surgeons have told me, “It’s in the wrong areas.” I have stretch marks that no cream was able to prevent. I don’t look anything like I did before pregnancy. I actually look better!
Will you get your body back? Yes and you will have an internal strength that came with enduring losing your body. You will have an appreciation for what you might have taken for granted. You will have a sense of empathy for those that have to walk your same path. You will be so incredibly thankful for getting your body back.
I look at this photo 9.5 years later and still can’t believe that was me. I definitely don’t have my pre-pregnancy body back. I have my post pregnancy body because that is my body now. It has birthed three children and it will never be the same.
Will you get your body back?