It is unrealistic to expect a "bounce back" after pregnancy, and trying to achieve weight loss or strength goals can be frustrating. (Even someone as fit as Emily Skye admitted to being frustrated with the progress of her body after the baby.) But even if you are aware of this fact and most of the time have a physically positive attitude, a minor incident can be yours Strengthen self-confidence. For the new mother Jocelyn Steiber, who entered a dressing room six months after giving birth.
In a recent Instagram post, Steiber remembered going into a locker room to try on laundry, and felt unbelievable. But when she looked in the mirror, her mood changed. "At that moment, my confidence sank," she wrote in her caption. "I wanted to cry, my stomach was soft and sticking out, there was more cellulite on my legs, my hips were wider, my breasts were different in size (she preferred to pull right over right), my shoulders ached from breastfeeding new bags under my eyes of lack of sleep, who was this person in the reflection? "(See also: Chrissy Teigen says she is still very insecure about her body after the baby)
9 months pregnant (actually 41 weeks) vs. 9 months after the birth // There was a moment when I thought I would never be me again or love my body. I was in a dressing room about 6 months after birth and the lights were particularly shiny. When I went in, I felt fantastic and wanted to buy underwear. I remember being in the locker room, staring at myself and the difference of my body before / after the birth hit me. At that moment my confidence sank. I wanted to cry. My stomach was soft and sticking out, there was more cellulite on my legs, my hips were wider, my breasts were different in size (she preferred left over right), my shoulders ached from breastfeeding, I got new bags under mine Eyes the lack of sleep Who was this person in the reflection? I was crazy about my daughter and for the most part hugged my body after birth but that moment was hard for me. I missed my body. – Many mothers told me "nine months, nine months in" and they were right. Now, 10 months after the birth, I finally feel like I am. It took so long !! Biggest The biggest thing was the realization that it was ok not to jump right back. My body became human. I can not compare myself to other mothers who were back in their jeans within months (they're rocking too!) BUT that's them – not me. It took me nine months to feel like I was back, and that's fine.
had felt frustrated. She was trying to fit into her favorite skinny jeans, she says. Four months after giving birth, she decided to go on a diet because she wanted to lose weight at the beginning of the swimsuit season. "I had every dining theme in the book that had restrictive diets, overexertion, and everything, and so I have not dieted for years, but it got frustrating because that extra bulge was everywhere," she tells Shape . , But when she started cutting carbohydrates and giving up snacks, her breast milk production also went down. "My breast milk has dropped and as you know, this is not the time for a diet," she says.
Steiber believes that her disappointments have much to do with comparison with other mothers, both women and women women she has seen on Instagram. "Some women seem to have a small bag for about a month or two, and then they're like" okay, I'm back. "That was a bit frustrating for me," she says. "You remember every body type is different, but it's hard to see right now." (Related: Why this fitness influencer accepts that her body did not recover seven months after pregnancy)
Ten months after birth, she feels like herself again, more due to a mental shift than due to a change in her body , she says . Her new thinking inspired her to share the before and after for other women who may be struggling with weight loss goals. "The biggest thing was the realization that it's okay not to get up right away," she wrote. "My body has become human, I can not compare myself to other mothers who were back in their jeans in a couple of months (they're rocking too!), BUT that's them – not me. It took me 9 months to catch myself again as I felt that's fine. "