Baby Scout turned 2 months yesterday, and I know it’s only been 2 months, but I’ve been lamenting my post-baby body since…oh almost 5 years ago. Only it gets worse after each baby, and I’m now convinced that my feet, rib cage, and hips have no hope of returning to its pre-babies form. I often say that they have gone to the point of no return. In fact, when I was secretly happy about being preggers with Scout because it meant that I would have a good excuse to be sporting a tummy and not have to keep sucking it in.
People often talk about weight, but I’m really not bothered about the number on the scale – I’m more bothered about flab where it shouldn’t be! I was (was!) on the skinny side, so I don’t really mind having larger hips, but do they really have to come along with the love handles? I’m now convinced that my vital stats from here on are going to resemble the vital stats of say, a tree trunk – the hips protrude one way, and the tummy the other.
It is definitely a small price to pay for these wonderful little miracles of life, but women certainly do get the short end of the stick, with child bearing being so demanding on our bodies. After Mittens I did post-natal yoga with Inspire Mum & Baby and Mother & Child, but it just got more difficult to find the time with more kids.
And don’t even talk to me about squeezing some time in to exercise – most days I’m too tired to do anything but “moisturise” my shoulders with some Counterpain and can’t wait to put my feet up. Some days are so bad I need Counterpain on them legs! Hopefully next year I’ll have some time to get some something decent going. Maybe a weekly run and yoga class. Something other than running after the boys and carrying a sack of rice around the house, which obviously hasn’t done me much good. I certainly don’t want to consider the option of having a tummy tuck, but the flabby flappy tummy is definitely not going to be easy to get rid of.
Here’s also a funny post by Accidental Sumpermommi about post-baby bodies. How do you feel about your post-baby body?