This is me, nearly 5 weeks postpartum. I feel incredibly vulnerable sharing this. My body looks different than before, but I love it more than ever because it was the home to my three boys and is the body that is nourishing my littlest. With my OB's permission, I will be starting light exercise this week and continuing with my meal plan.
Wanted to share a couple things on my mind:
1. I know there will be people telling me I need to not worry about my body or exercise because I just had a baby. Exercise for me is more about my mental health than the number on the scale. I love my body the way it is and I would gladly gain the weight over and over again to have my sweet boys in this world. For me, this is about mental health. I struggle with anxiety and exercise is what helps me.
2. Never compare your journey to someone on the internet. Every single postpartum body is different. Our bodies created a human life for 9 months. Our bodies deserve to be CELEBRATED, not compared. If you gained more than me, less than me, have stretch marks or have a different shape - that is OK!!! Every body and journey is different and they are ALL beautiful.
3. Taking care of my body is a form of self care for me. I am a better wife, mom, friend, sister and daughter when I take care of myself. I workout and eat healthy because I LOVE myself, not because I hate the way I look.
4. Everything I do along my journey has been approved by my doctor and her opinion is what matters. I will be starting with light weight lifting and modified low impact cardio, just four days a week for 20-30 minutes a day. I will also continue doing exercises to help strengthen my pelvic floor.
I am excited to start this next chapter of my journey and as always, share it all with you!