Reasons To Love Your Baby Weight
Baby weight. When we talk about it, we talk about shedding it, getting rid of it, losing it, and leaving it behind. We really don’t seem to like the little jiggle that comes with making, well, a cute little jiggly, wiggly baby. When I see those magazines promoting the workout regiment of the celebrity who lost all of her baby weight within just four weeks of giving birth—or worse yet the ones who never put on baby weight—it doesn’t make me inspired. It actually makes me sad (some celebs feel the same way, like this one who wants to gain her baby weight back). Why were they in such a hurry to act as if pregnancy never happened? Why are they so ashamed to let it be known, by their appearance, that they made a life? It’s like they want to erase the entire experience, so they certainly don’t want to see evidence of it on their thighs. Screw that. How about this? How about you love your baby weight for these reasons.
Your arms are a cocoon
Your arms are not chubby. Your arms are a cozy resting place where your baby feels completely safe, supported, and surrounded by the touch of her mother. Your arms are your baby’s favorite place to be, so she sure is glad there’s a little more to them right now.
Your kids can nap on your tummy
Your stomach isn’t fat. It isn’t loose. It isn’t too big. It’s the perfect napping spot for your kids. When you’re on the couch, they can snuggle up and lay their heads on it for a comfy pillow while you watch TV together. Do you think those celebrity moms with rock-hard abs have kids who want to nap on their stomach? No way. Ouch.
Your thighs birthed that baby
Your thighs are strong. They were there for you when it was time to push, push, push and send your baby into the world. And when your kids want to sit on your lap, your thighs give them a comfy place to do so.
Your breasts provide sustenance
As for your breasts, they are where your baby gets sustenance. They’re bigger and perhaps saggier than usual but they’re busy producing the nutrients that will make your baby grow big and strong. They’re pretty amazing, actually. They’re way better than the perky boobs of women who aren’t nursing. Those are just boring bags of skin.
Cuddles are better than the gym
You could be at the gym for hours every day. You could get a sitter, so you can see your personal trainer for a long session. Or, you could take a leisurely walk with baby-in-stroller, and have more time for cuddling, accepting the baby weight will stay a little bit longer.
You can sit on the floor with that butt
You want to sit on the floor with your kids and play, right? Well, your nicely-cushioned tush makes it comfortable to do that. You can plop down, wherever they want to play, and not just hit bone.
You’re sharing your body
You are doing the most generous thing: you are sharing your body. You are sharing your skin. Your physical vessel isn’t just for you anymore—you’ve altered it and made sacrifices with it so that a child can be alive and happy.
And you did something amazing with it
You made life. Can the skinny minnies out there who are just five pounds away from losing their periods say that? Nope. They just…look nice. Whoopdy-f*cking-doo. Your body created a miracle, and your baby weight is just evidence.
You share snacks with your cuties
Maybe part of the reason the baby weight is staying is that it’s turned into toddler weight from all the snacks you’ve been sharing with your kids. But you know what? They love it when you eat their snacks with them. It makes them feel close to you.
It’s a message to the world
Your body sends a message to the world. It says, “Hey, screw society’s standards for beauty and what a woman’s body should look like. I make society with my body. I make the babies that make up society. Nobody gets to tell me what to look like.”
Your clothes are comfortable
You’re just released from those ridiculous clothing brands that really only make things for size zeros. The restricting jeans that don’t breath and the daisy dukes that ride up your va-jay-jay. You wear clothes that let you feel free while carrying that baby weight. You wear clothes that let you run and play with your kids.
It signifies a new chapter
When you look back at photos of your life, you’ll actually smile when you see the pictures of you with some baby weight. It’ll be very clear which photos are from before and after baby, and you’ll like that it’s clear. It signals a new, wonderful chapter in your life.
It prolongs pregnancy
Your baby weight doesn’t literally prolong your pregnancy, but it keeps you in touch with that beautiful phase of life just a little bit longer. It reminds you of the first kicks and the baby bump photos and that positive pregnancy test.
Your husband loves it
I bet your husband loves your baby weight. Most men prefer some curves and a little softness to a woman’s body. He doesn’t look at you and see his partner, plus weight. He sees the woman who made his child.
Your kids love it
Your kids love your body, too. They take comfort in your baby weight. They can tell that your body is that of a mother’s. They just know it intuitively. They see stick-thin women with rock hard abs and think, “That’s no mama.”