We all have heard the term “Dad Bod” and if you haven’t, well do some googling and you will find article after article related to the term. The Dad Bod is a celebrated bod no doubt, and it’s society’s way of justifying that if you’re man and have kids, then it’s ok to have a “Dad Bod.” No questions asked. However, when it comes to having a post-baby body, as a woman, the tables seemed to be turned.
I will be the first to admit, I have a total Mom Bod. And I am not ashamed. Do I want to get back into my pre-baby shape and lose these last 20 pounds that just will refuse to go away? Of course! Have I really tried though to get my pre-baby body back and shimmy into my size 26 jeans? Not at all. Because life’s moments are too precious right now as the hours feel like minutes and the minutes feel like seconds.
Time is going by at light speed right now and I would rather cherish the time when I am not working, doing laundry or making dinner, to spend with my little babe. Three months have quickly passed and I don’t know where they went. My new pouchy tummy is just not my priority. Instead I’ve stocked up on flowy tank tops and have already begun online shopping for a one piece swimsuit.
To get back to the original point of this post, is that new mama’s shouldn’t put so much pressure on themselves after having a baby to get their pre-baby body back. That it is ok to accept your new “Mom bod” and cherish the moments you have with your sweet little one instead of stressing about your new physical features.
Creating this beautiful life that you have been given and nurturing it, is far more important that rushing off to the gym. I’ve learned that while time is precious and you must relish every moment with your baby, you also have all the time in the world to get your body back one day. And if you don’t, that’s ok too.