How to get your pre-pregnancy body back
Body Changes! Yay!
Wishing and hoping...for my pre-pregnancy body? I love the whole “I don’t need to get my body back after baby because I never lost it” movement, but I feel it misses a critical piece of a woman’s adjustment after pregnancy and birth.
You didn’t lose your body because it didn’t go anywhere, but it changed, and so did you. Your body, your mind, and your spirit won’t be the same after pregnancy and birth.
You grow a baby, you make space for that baby, and to do so your body has to adjust. Your maiden body is no more; she is beautifully marked and reshaped by this little human who is helping you transform into a mother.
It’s ok to say goodbye to your maiden body, to thank her for what she offered, and to grieve for her. And it’s ok to struggle with your changing body in pregnancy, to have moments where you cringe or regret all this baby is asking you to do. And once your baby is here, it’s normal to be so thankful for all your body has done while also wishing she’d just look like she used to. It takes time to become a mother; it takes time to adjust to your new body. You had years to get to know your maiden body, but you’ve only known this new mother for a few days, weeks, or months. It takes time to understand who she is and who she is becoming.
Reclaim your maiden body, your pregnancy journey and your birth story.
Give your body meaning.
What does your maiden, pregnant or postpartum body mean to you? Where in your body do you hold doubt, disgust, gratitude, or appreciation? How have you viewed your breasts, abdomen, hips, and vagina? How have you befriended or made an enemy out of them?
POSTURE: Sit with a straight spine. Stretch the arms out in front of you. Bend the elbows so the forearms are ninety degrees straight up, the upper arms parallel to the floor. Palms are flat and face one another, held at the level of the top of the head. The fingers point up. Lift the diaphragm.
Note: The elbow to fingers should be straight up at a 90 degree angle. Not right, not left. Straight up. “Two ninety degree angles.”
MANTRA: Sing “I am bountiful.”
TIME: start with 5 minutes and work up to 31 minutes.
COMMENTS: You see this balance? Just stay there. Watch what you go through, just stay. Don’t do anything, don’t move your hands.
You want your kidneys and ovaries to become balanced? Just balance your hands straight before you. Don’t do anything else. Am I asking you to meditate or do anything? No. You might react, but try and just observe and watch what you’re experiencing.