The Bounce-Back Myth


BounceBackMyth585It’s something we talk a lot about in these parts: the myth of the cover-ready body after baby. That phenomenon of comparing your new mom bod to other moms’ bods. It’s easy to get caught up in the comparison trap, but it’s one of the reasons I shared my postpartum belly pictures. It’s simply unreasonable to shrink back to your normal self just days after a baby!

Every new mom wants to be the perfect mom. You have an idea of how you will look and what you will do and how you will parent. And then the realities of that 24/7 obligation hit and WOW! You’re making different decisions than you’d anticipated! Your anti-pacifier stance turns into PACIFIERS ARE AWESOME because they buy you a few quiet minutes. You may not have time to hit the gym like you’d planned, and you may be so sleep deprived you can’t see straight. That’s why new moms have to be easy on themselves—body and mind. Becoming a parent is an adjustment—it truly turns your world upside down—and it’s an adjustment that should take priority over looking a certain way, losing weight or getting back into your pre-pregnancy jeans.

I talk about this in the December issue of Pregnancy & Newborn magazine. (Which you can check out for free online here! Wave to me on pages 72 and 74!) While you’re over there, sign up for the digital magazine. It’s a great resource for pregnancy and new parenthood!

Did you ease up on your expectations once your baby arrived? —Erin 


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  1. Tatum says:

    Great article. It is so important that women realize what they should really expect, and be able to set attainable goals. It is unrealistic to “bounce back” immediately postpartum, and it’s too bad the media often shows celebrities that appear to have done so… not true!