Notes from the Crib

While neither Jenn nor I have children yet, we love to share baby and parenting fitness information with the fit bottomed moms in our audience. So when we came across Crib Notes: A Candid Look at Conception, Pregnancy, and Parenthood, we’d thought we’d pass it along. The author knows how tough it can be for a new mom to fit in exercise, and she also understands the exhaustion that dampens the desire to get fit. The writing is down-to-earth and honest, and addresses worries most new moms or moms-to-be have: Will I ever get back into shape even if my abs never return to their pre-baby awesomeness?

If you’re in the market for a pregnancy and parenthood book, check this one out. Here’s a short excerpt of her hilariously titled chapter…

“She Has a Nice Body…for a Mom.”

About two months after my first son was born, I went to a school reunion. A guy I had gone to both grade school and high school with gave me one of the most back-handed compliments I have ever received. “You look so different,” he said, looking me up and down. “You look good.” So during the twelve years that we spent together in school I looked what? something other than good?

At first, my body could be attributed to my not-exactly-rigorous regimen of breastfeeding and stroller walks around the block. My stomach had gotten so big during my second pregnancy that I had an abdominal diastasis (separation of stomach muscles) and wasn’t allowed to lift anything heavy or do most ab exercises. And that was a good excuse for me not to do anything.

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  1. Kimberli says:

    I can so relate. After each of my 3 children were born I hit rock bottom lamenting that my glorious size 6 body was getting farther and farther away. So many friends would smile and say “But you look good, for having 3 kids” so not the thing you want to hear… because unsaid is always that fact that you don’t look as good as you did before you had the 3 kids!

  2. Anastacia says:

    well i feel like a jerk because I do not have kids, but have friends that do who look AMAZING…I always meant it as a compliment when I say you have 3 kids you look great!! I know better now..THANKS

  3. I’m with you Anastacia. I will watch my tongue from now on. This seems like a fun read 🙂