"I am grateful for the beautiful human my body created and continues to nourish with my milk- and I wouldn't trade him for any level of fit bod."
"Here is a little tip for the insensitive: never ask when a woman is due unless she personally brings up her pregnancy. There are so many crazy insecurities that come along with a postpartum body that one rude comment (or a few) can truly send a woman off the emotional deep end.
Yesterday at work another patient asked me when I was due. I had just introduced myself and was getting her ready for the doctor; after her comment, I had to keep myself composed and friendly for another 25 minutes before being able to excuse myself. Afterward, I took a pumping break and wept.
I know I'm not the first to experience such things, nor the last. I am indescribably grateful for the beautiful human my body created and continues to nourish with my milk- and I wouldn't trade him for any level of fit bod. But there is definitely a sense of loss in learning to accept where I am right now physically and emotionally. For the past five years I have made a presence and personality for myself as Fit Whit- a health coach, vegan, runner, yogi... Now I am mom. At 15 weeks pp, I'm still adjusting to life as I now know it- working mother. 'Getting my body back' just doesn't rank highly enough in priorities to sacrifice any of my precious hours with my baby in a work week or risk dipping my Breastmilk supply.
Credit: Instagram account @takebackpostpartum