I'm thankful that my mom & dad didn't pass down any poor or negative perspectives on body image, but that doesn't mean that I'm completely immune to battling the negative talk of whether I'm thin or pretty according to society's standards (whatever they are). I certainly wasn't immune to it while I was pregnant!
|Me at the end of my first trimester|
|Me the day before I delivered Trey|
40 Weeks 2 Days
For those of you who don't know, I had some serious complications after giving birth to Trey. The day following his arrival, I had a bilateral pulmonary embolism (large blood clots in both lungs), lost a great deal of blood & needed a blood transfusion, and they found parts of a retained placenta that gave me a pretty nasty fever. My first day postpartum was very eventful, to say the least. With everything that happened to me, I was SO thankful Trey was healthy and that I was still alive; my weight was the least of my worries at that point, all that mattered was getting healthy and staying healthy.
The body image article makes me think about the effect my words and actions have and will have on Trey and any other little ones we're blessed to raise. I don't want to stress anything with weight loss or weight gain for me or for them, but I hope to show my child(ren) by example how important it is to stay physically fit and properly nourish your body. It's so funny how pre-pregnancy I kept thinking "if only I could lose 5 more pounds," and postpartum I look back at those pre-pregnancy pictures and think "what on earth was my problem?!? I looked fine!" Hindsight is always 20/20, right? Well, that certainly taught me to appreciate my figure in its current state no matter what!
|Me and Trey a week ago. |
8 Weeks Postpartum
Until next time...