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Why do we measure a woman's success by how quickly she can lose weight postpartum?

As a society, we idealize the image of 'perfection'. We believe that women are judged the hardest-- and moms worst of all. If you don't have a job or successful career, 3 kids, a husband, a social life, a regular gym routine and aren't between a size 2-4, what are you even doing with your life? We feel the pressures all around us, and for pregnant or new mamas it can be particularly discouraging. Even though you just performed the miracle of birthing a new life into the world, you feel the pressure of society to lose the 'baby-fat' and get back to being 'perfect' again. 

But is perfection even a realistic goal--- who wants to be perfect anyway? We aren't all the same, we all have our strengths but also our weaknesses. One mom that has to return to work might be jealous of another mom who can stay home with her new baby while she has to hire a nanny or daycare service. That same mom might be jealous of the first because she can afford a daycare service and therefore gets time to 'herself'. No situation is ever perfect, but why are we comparing to other mother's and their individual situations ?

Because we have been conditioned to do so, that's why... We have been told that another woman's success means that we are not successful ourselves.

This is simple NOT correct. We have also been told that only thin bodies are healthy bodies, but not too thin and not too curvy. But obviously, we know that isn't true either. 

When a woman gives birth she is not sick or diseased---she is QUITE the opposite! She is going through a very healthy transition where her healthy body takes on weight to be able to healthily grow a baby! Pregnancy would not happen if a woman was unhealthy or at least it would make it very difficult to become pregnant and maintain the pregnancy. This is why it's so frustrating to see so many women pressured into extreme weight loss postpartum. We want to make sure you stop for a second and give yourself some love and appreciation. Giving birth is a miracle and you are a hero! Appreciate WHAT your body has gone through and when the time comes your body will heal itself--- another amazing aspect of the female body. 

So whether you lose weight right away, in some time, or maybe you always have a 'little extra' from your pregnancy, its all good mama. If you remain healthy through your lifestyle habits and love yourself unconditionally, that is all that matters.

Here at Mamas Maternal Health, we love mamas of all shapes and sizes and we want to help you achieve your healthiest version of yourself from the inside out. We focus on no judgment, no pressure, just YOU! If you think that Mamas Maternal Health would a good fit for support and guidance during your pregnancy ----AND you want to focus on the care you not only deserve but NEED during this time--- we would love to get in contact with you TODAY! Click here and fill out our simple form to begin your journey towards nutritional wellness and fulfillment during pregnancy...

Until next time!

Mikayla and Cassie

Mamas Maternal Health Registered Dietitians/Lactation Counselors

Photo by Shelby Deeter on Unsplash

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