Being pregnant and giving birth will definitely expose you to the intensity of what your body can experience and still remain intact. I still cannot believe I neither imploded while being pregnant, or exploded while giving birth. When you think about what your body has gone through it is seriously remarkable.
Think about it…. You grew a human, inside your body, then that grown human came out of your body, and then you feed it with milk that is produced in your body. I mean that is crazy town! Your body is amazing! Your body is a magician that can make something out of nothing. 9 months there was not this person, and then you made them be!
Considering how seriously rad that is, it sucks how new mommies start to worry about the extra poundage on their beautiful bodies. There is a pressure that is totally reinforced by the media about the expectation of the female body after birth. Think of all those magazine covers dedicated to how stars “lost their baby weight.” What a bummer to stress about weight, rather than having the time to relish in the glory that you just baked a being in your belly.
At the same time, I know that feeling like you have gained weight doesn’t always feel good to you.. who lives in your body. You knew your body as one way, and then it is different. And there is no dieting or starving yourself after having a baby, especially if you are breastfeeding. You need all the energy you can to take care of that baby!
My suggestion of is to take time to appreciate your body and the fact that you had this miraculous experience. Really love yourself for all you have accomplished.
Then realize that all that you eat directly affects your baby. No longer are you the only person that has to deal with the consequences of your diet choices. If you are breastfeeding everything you eat goes to your baby. I think that really helps to motivate healthy choices. Too much sugar will make it hard for the baby to sleep. Same with caffeine. Too much dairy will give your baby gas… etc… Think about how the best thing for your baby is to eat lots of veggies and grains because that is good for them!
If you are not breastfeeding, your baby still needs a healthy mom! The better you eat, the more energy you have, the better you will sleep, the more you can be there for you baby.
So think of your baby as motivation for just being healthy and taking care of yourself. Don’t obsess about calories. Think how the better your diet is, the happier you will be, and the healthier your baby will be.