There's a myth out of here of the post-baby "snapback." This is the false idea that a mother must immediately shed all of her baby weight after delivery. It's the false idea that a mother should immediately get back to doing everything she did before the baby. The U.S. is the worse perpetuator of this false idea. Everyday women see celebrities seemingly back to their pre-pregnancy weight in a matter of a couple of days or weeks.
This “image” of the “snap back” is a mix of illusion – photoshop, editing, lighting, angles and waist trainers. Many people commented on Beyoncé's first public picture with her twins about how great it is that she is thin again. The Carters are billionaires and only heaven knows what type of access they have to specialists of every kind. This is not the case for the average mother and family.
Furthermore, I don’t think that the goal should be to “snap back.” You can’t “snap” a pregnancy. You carried the baby for 40+ weeks. You’ll more than likely lose the weight over the amount of time that you gained it. Slow and steady wins the race.
Mothers who just delivered have only two responsibilities – recuperate and nurture the baby. That’s it. Here’s a list of things mothers shouldn’t be worried about – entertaining others, doing chores, running errands, losing weight, working out, looking perfect, being perfect, being on the scene, etc.
Postpartum depression is an unknown phenomena in communities where mothers are nurtured, loved, cared for and allowed ample time to settle into being a new mother.
When a child is born, a mother is also born, and she too must learn, adjust and embody her new body. It’s not about getting back to pre-pregnancy. It’s about accepting and loving the new you.
Please, love your body, the stretch marks, extra skin, wider frame. With time, you will transform into a stronger woman. Childbirth is a strengthening Rite of Passage. With love, RootMama.
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Written by: Editorial Staff