Embracing the “Mom Bod”

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It’s been 10 weeks since I gave birth. The initial weight loss that happens after delivering your baby has long gone and I’ve hit the “now you actually have to exercise” phase of my postpartum journey. And boy, it hasn’t been easy.

I was the girl who ate anything and everything while I was pregnant. I told myself that it’s my first time and I could just lose the weight later. I didn’t factor in that it would take 8 weeks to finally feel recovered enough to exercise. Or that I would be busy taking care of a newborn. Or that I would just be too tired some days to even think about going to the gym. So I had a rude awakening 2 weeks ago when I stepped on the scale and realized those last 22 pounds weren’t going to come off on their own.

Maybe it was that moment, or the fact that I literally can only fit into stretchy pants, but I realized that I desperately needed to lose weight for the sake of my self esteem. I had reached a point that I dreaded getting dressed for an event because I knew how many outfits I would try on and how many things wouldn’t fit. I would end up in a bad mood (and late) every time I would go somewhere. It was Q who finally convinced me that what I needed was a shopping trip. And he was right! I know I want to lose weight and I know I won’t be this size forever, but I also need to be patient with myself. My body birthed a whole human and it’s going to take some time to get back to normal. I need to be able to keep loving myself and loving my body, no matter what number ends up being on that  scale. I’m writing this post as a reminder to myself, and a reminder to you as well, because we all can use a little more self-love. So we went shopping (he even came with me!) and then had a little photo shoot to celebrate.

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Styling the Bump

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Pregnancy has brought out insecurities about my body I never knew existed. I find myself comparing my body to other pregnant women I see on Instagram or analyzing the roundness of my belly, thinking it doesn’t look like it “should”. It’s all bologna. The truth is, my body is amazing for being able to go through all of the changes necessary to carry life. Every woman’s is! I decided to get off Instagram, get dressed up, and love myself for a little photoshoot. My go-to outfit has been a simple, comfy dress that I can either pair with heels for a night out, or dress down with sneakers. *The trick is to buy a size larger than you normally would, to compensate for the extra curves*

Check out the photos below for some bump-fashion inspo!

 

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Dress: Papaya, Duster Jacket: Kohl’s, Shoes: Lola Shoetique

 

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Dress: Papaya, Shoes: Adidas

 

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Dress: H&M, Jacket: Eden Sky, Shoes: Macy’s