Post # 1
One of my biggest fears of having children is what it will do to my body. This blog post made me put it into perspective. I love the sentiment. It made me cry, in a good way!
Just wanted to share. I think I’m less afraid now. 🙂
Do any of you have fears of what making another human will do to your body?
Post # 3
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@CocoLoco523: I’m not pregnant but when I saw your post title I laughed and thought “tell that to Beyonce”
Post # 4
@mchitt329: LOL True! I’ve seen many a woman get into better shape post-baby than pre-baby.
Post # 5
Wow that’s a pretty awesome post. Yea, I’m worried about what it will do to me for sure. I know it will all be worth it, I know that, but it doesn’t stop me from worrying. I’ve been a basketball player pretty much my whole life…literally from age 6 through the end of college, so typically really in shape and in tune with my body. This is a whole new animal to me, so I’m just going to try to stay as fit as I can throughout and not stress too much. We’ll see how that works out!
Post # 6
@kate02121: I’m the same way in that I’m pretty active. I do yoga, group fitness, run, weights, etc. Hopefully I’ll bounce back pretty easily. I think your pre-pregnancy fitness really comes into play. Some of the instructors I have at the gym got into better shape post-baby. But I also have one friend who NEVER worked out. She could eat whatever she wanted and was always tiny. But post-baby her metabolism slowed and she didn’t change her sedentary lifestyle. It was a rude awakening for her. I, of course, think she is still beautiful! She created the most adorable little girl. She just had no clue what would happen to her body after having a baby.
My mother had awful stretch marks (which I hear are genetic :/). But I know it’s just all part of the process and have to come to terms with it once it happens.
Post # 7
@CocoLoco523: I gained 50lbs w my first. I am 5’10” and thin (size 6 dress). I completed 2 rounds of P90X after having my baby. My body had never ever looked better. Zero fat on me. I was insanely fit. Just had my second a few weeks ago and as soon as I get the OK from my doctor I’ll be doing P90X again. I only gained 25lbs with this one. I have absolutely no doubt I will be in my size 4 Lucky Brand jeans again at the end of the program.
If you eat right and work hard after having kids – and I mean no slacking and give yourself enough time – then there is absolutely no reason why you can’t look your best.
Post # 8
@CocoLoco523: honestly, while the sentiment in this article is sweet and everything, it doesn’t change a thing for me. I admit to being vain and caring about my appearance and maybe that’s a fault, but it’s the biggest reason that I still lean towards never having a baby. Yes, babies are awesome, they’re awe inspiring and yes, you go through amazing things to become a mother. But that’s not all I am or all I will want to be if I ever have a kid. I’m still a woman, I’m still a wife and a lover.
All the cuddly articles in the world that talk about the amazing love between a mother and her child won’t stop me from being sad/turned off when I see stretch marks, excessive tummy skin and dropping breasts. And yes, all of these things will happen with age, but certainly long after than if I choose to have a baby in the next five years.
Post # 9
@CocoLoco523: I know soooo many women who bounce back quickly, but I also know so many women who now have huge issues in terms of leaking urine on themselves uncontrollably. That scares me the most now. The girls I know are early 30’s, polished, super successful, fit, etc…and they literally leak urine. Awful.
Post # 10
@CocoLoco523: Haha, great minds, right?
Having a baby DID change my body. I am softer, a little heavier. I have stretch marks, that thankfully have at least faded to a lighter color. I don’t have as much time to work out as I used to, and I could certainly make better food choices.
What I do have, though, is the most adorable baby girl in the world! (my opinion haha) Every morning I get a big toothless grin. I love how her tiny fingers rub sleepy eyes. I get to watch her learn new things, I marvel in her ability to go from a microscopic little clump of cells to pulling herself up to a standing position. I see how proud she is of her accomplishment. I get spashes and giggles during bathtime, and I get snuggles, soft warm breath, and the sweet clean baby smell every night at bedtime.
Those stretch marks don’t seem too big a deal when I’m too busy being wrapped up in the wonder of new life.
I try to eat well, I try to stay active, because in the end it’s my job to set an example for her. I want to teach her that there is beauty in the confidence a woman has in her body’s amazing abilities. I want her to have a healthy, active lifestyle. I want her to be comfortable in her skin. The best way to achieve that is to show it, to live it.
Post # 11
@BearyLovely: Dang girl, way to go!
I am 5’10” and have ZERO babies and thought I was looking hot in a size 10 (well, I am looking hot in a size 10…haha!) but you’re taking it to the next level!
Post # 12
… plus there’s no guarantee that having a baby will do any damage to your body whatsoever. I suffered a 4th degree tear (when your vagina merges with your a-hole) and I don’t leak anything. I have a flat stomach, perky breasts and no stretch marks and my baby is only three months old.
I think it’s great to have a positive attitude about the changes a woman’s body might experience post-pregnancy, but I also think it’s important not to scare everyone with horror stories about how f***ed up your body will 100% definitely be after having a baby. Some people pay a higher price than others, to be sure, but it’s entirely possible to come out the other side looking exactly as you did on your way in.
Post # 13
@Lana_Rose: I appreciate your honest response. 🙂
@WhatMaeBee: OH NO!! Kegels anyone? Start NOW!!! lol
@DaneLady: Beautifully said!!! I know my husband and I are ready to have a baby. I am so looking forward to everything you mentioned. I want to be a strong, active role model for my future child.
@cbgg: lol same here!!
Post # 14
@iarebridezilla: hahahaha were you the one that wrote the “vaganus” post!??! You are AWESOME!
Post # 15
I read that and cried recently as well.
I do worry about my body, not being able to lose baby weight, having stretch marks, etc… But I also know that a lot of that stuff is up to me. It depends a lot on how much weight I gain during pg, if I’m active or not, if I’m active AFTER.
It’s certainly not my greatest fear though.
Post # 16
I look way better now than before I had my daughter. If you work, you’ll get the rewards. Kids are worth having a different body but as a model I needed to look awesome quickly after having a baby. I’m not ashamed for wanting to get right back into shape. Eat right during pregnancy and workout after and you will be fine