So here are 2 photos of me. Taken in the space of 48 hours. One was taken about 12 hours before I went into labour and the other was taken about 4 hours after I gave birth and was moved from the delivery suite to my room.
If you've read my blog you will know that I never really harped on about my pregnancy much. I was fortunate that I had a really easy and non eventful pregnancy. Most of the time I "forgot" that I was pregnant until a little person inside my stomach got the hiccups or moved a little.
I was in Zara yesterday and a young mother with a toddler approached me and said that she wished that she was as thin as me after giving birth and that I must be STARVING myself. It only registered with my brain later what she had just said. She assumed that I was starving myself. Do I really look like that? I carried and gave birth to a healthy baby and 7 months on I'm nursing a happy and healthy baby. One that is in the 97th percentile for size. So why do we assume the worse? Why is a person's appearance considered either as a result of starvation or eating fried chicken for breakfast, lunch and dinner? I'm sure lifestyle choices play a part, but so do genetics and circumstances.
I've been attending the gym semi regularly since I was 18. I went through a phase where I worked out 6 days a week but also when I didn't go for 6 months. While I was pregnant I kept relatively active. I exercised here and there (nothing strenuous). I took the stairs instead of the lift. I walked where I could. I swam in the ocean to cool down and relax. I ate a lot of fruit and vegetables as they made me feel fantastic, plus it was a hot summer so overly sweet or heavy food just didn't seem appealing.
Postpartum I walked every day in the early months as the only way I could get my baby to sleep during the day was to take her for a walk in the pram. And nursing a baby burns 500 calories a day. I didn't really purchase nor wear maternity clothes as my body didn't change enough to warrant it. So don't assume that I starved myself to fit into my jeans.
There are just too many trashy magazines out there accusing women of subscribing to crazy diets and exercise regimes to look a certain way. Some may do, but some may not. Don't assume. I have no idea what the real point of post is, but don't worry lady at Zara, I'm not starving myself! I have stretch marks and loose skin, you just can't see it. I think my body was just programmed to return to it's old self relatively quickly.