The Funny Ways Your Relationship With Your Body Changes Post-Baby
I haven’t personally had a baby, but a few of my friends have now, and it’s so fascinating and uplifting to see the way they talk about their own bodies now (or simply don’t talk about them as much as they used to). It’s certainly very humbling to see another woman use her body for the incredible and noble act of not only producing another human life, but then caring for that life once it’s here. I always just think of my body in terms of attractiveness, and how it makes me feel. I’ve never had to consider how it pertained to another individual—it’s never, ever been as connected to another body as a mom’s body is to her baby’s. So, from what I’ve witnessed from my mama friends, here is how your relationship with your body changes after having a baby.
Vanity feels frivolous
Fixating on and spending a lot of time/energy/money on tiny things like eliminating cellulite or toning arms so they don’t jiggle one bit seems completely frivolous. The human body is meant for so much more than to look perfect. Furthermore, the idea of what “perfect” means changes. If a mom’s body can create and nurture a healthy, happy baby, then her body is perfect.