What is it with our culture and the obsession with post-baby bodies? It seems that the media is covering the topic of new mom bodies in excess lately. Maybe it's just me and I'm noticing it because I can relate, but I'm starting to get really ticked-off with the incessant obsession with the question, "how much weight can you lose and how quickly post-baby?"
I have felt a bit of a kindred spirit with Jessica Simpson in particular. I remember when she was pregnant and everybody called her fat, said she was having twins, was going to give birth to a full-grown child, and commented that she'd been pregnant "forever". I could relate to all of these comments since I had received the same comments myself.
Now that she's had her baby (who was almost 10-pounds, so give the woman a break!) People seem to be obsessed with her post-baby body.
I've never been stick-thin, and never will be. When I was pregnant I gained 55-pounds. That's right: I'm coming out of the "obsesely pregnant" closet. I was huge according to most people. I seriously just couldn't stop eating, and I felt confused and hated myself and my body because of it. I had dreams of never losing the weight, and would sometimes be in a panic over my weight gain. I also had the most horrendous reddish/purple stretch marks. All my nurses and midwives commented that they were really bad, and I panicked again!
Now that I'm 8-weeks postpartum I've spent nearly 2-months slowly getting back to the "old me". I haven't given myself a timeline to lose the baby weight, because I know this postpartum period is different for everybody. I try to ignore the magazines that scream at me from the check-out line..LOSE THE WEIGHT, FAST, FASTER...EVEN FASTER. I just want to enjoy this time with Penelope and grow as her mom first. I'm still about 10-pounds heavier, but I know that I'll lose it when I'm ready and I'm really in no hurry.
Did you feel pressure to lose the baby-weight quickly? How did you approach weight loss in the postpartum period?