This Is Why It's Important to 'Learn to Love' Your Postpartum Body, According to a New Mom

“You may have permanent scars on your body, [but] these are simply reminders of how strong our amazing bodies are. Learn to love them.”
ByStephanie Grassullo
Associate Editor
Published
Oct 2018
proud smiling woman stands outside in work out clothes
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A mom of two young ones isn’t shying away from postpartum body talk. After recently giving birth to her daughter, Katie Newnham decided to post a picture sporting a bra and underwear. In the caption, she writes a note to all new moms who are finding it difficult to deal with all of the after-baby changes (or lack thereof).

“You may not recognize your own body anymore, but you need to give it time. It’s possible you’ll still look pregnant weeks after birth. This is normal. Your belly button will look the way it used to, eventually. Your body may have made some permanent physical changes—embrace them,” Newnham encourages.

This mom is 100 percent right. You need to give your body a break—you just brought a new person into this world! As your uterus begins to shrink back to its original size, your leftover bump will begin to deflate. And if you are left with some extra weight, don’t sweat it. As soon as you get the “all clear” from your OB, feel free to get back into your old fitness routine.

And know that the changes won’t be exclusive to just your body.

“Your hormones are adjusting themselves, there will be highs, lows and probably tears. You may get the baby blues or postpartum depression, know that this is okay and ask for help and support,” the women urges her followers.

The baby blues and postpartum depression are nothing to feel ashamed about. The only way to shed those feelings is by seeking help from friends, family and, most importantly, your doctor.

“You may have permanent scars on your body, [but] these are simply reminders of how strong our amazing bodies are. Learn to love them,” Newnham explains. “Motherhood changes us, physically, mentally and emotionally… remember you’re not alone.”

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