Someone on my Facebook timeline gave birth a couple of months ago and has posted her photo. She looked stunning. The comments below the photo affirmed that look:
“Wow, looking great, after baby!”
“So hot mama!”
“Looks like nothing happened!”
The last one got to me best.
LOOKS LIKE NOTHING HAPPENED. How come? When you look at me, it seems that so much has happened. Even a year after delivery, I *still* so look like I birthed a heavy human baby. And I so look like an elephant after that. No offense to elephants!
“Breastfeeding made me lose weight.”
“Sleepless nights and with a new baby, I sometimes forget to eat!”
Seriously?? People can forget to eat? I never have no time to eat. If at all, breastfeeding did nothing on my body but dictate it to eat more! As a mother with another kid and a husband with a big appetite, I am always surrounded by food. I cannot not eat. Ever.
If you’re having that hot post-baby body and I ask you how, please respond like:
“I’ve been hitting the gym already.”
“I started walking to keep the weight off”
“I’m genetically blessed!”
Or even the dreaded, “I’m dieting and moving more.”
Those I can make peace with but don’t tell me that breastfeeding and forgetting to eat are the magical ways to lose weight post-baby!
I’ve been there. I know that’s not it. If you worked hard for it, tell the truth. Why make it sound like a piece of cake?