Love Your {Postpartum} Body - Pt. 2

Read Part 1 here

Each pregnancy, I gained 40+ pounds. This time it was a bit more shocking because I only gained one pound (just one!) the first trimester due to feeling sick. However, once I felt well my appetite caught up with me. 

If you know me, you know I am a relatively healthy eater + try to get workouts in however I can so gaining that much during my first pregnancy was mentally trying. I knew this second time that my body could and would “bounce” back if I treated it well. 

Ultimately, though, I promised to give myself grace with pregnancy #2 and I truly believe it’s allowed me to be less stressed about my body, which in turn has helped me feel emotionally better postpartum, nurse successfully thus far and be healthier (I eat and hydrate MUCH MORE this time postpartum than I did last time!) 

Now, I am still human. So, even though I'm down 32 pounds, I was slightly disappointed it wasn't more when I stepped on the scale at my appointment last week. There I was disappointed right after I had drafted this body positivity post! The irony was not lost on me. However, I quickly readjusted my attitude and was happy and grateful again that more important than any weight lost, I have healthy kids and I am recovering and feeling well.

All of this is to say to be kind to yourself and your body. Treat it well. Nourish it — with the right foods (and treats!), love and self-care. Have grace. Give grace.