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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Body Image Pre and Post Pregnancy

A few days ago, a friend of mine posted an article on Facebook that addressed body image issues.  Kasey Edwards, the author of the article, talked about how her mom's issues with her body image negatively affected her (the author's) body image.  Click here to check out "Passing on Body Hatred."  (If you read it, let me know what you think).  The article really got me thinking about body image issues that people face and why they're such a big struggle.

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
12 Weeks
I put on quite a bit of weight while pregnant.  I think it had something to do with an emergency room visit scaring me away from my more intense workouts, feasting over Thanksgiving, feasting during Christmas, a cruise, traveling out of the country, and moving to a new state.  It doesn't really matter why it happened, it just did.  Honestly, after a certain point, it was a little difficult...no, really difficult to see the number on the scale increase with each prenatal doctor's visit.  But the interesting part is that my perspective on the way I look and what the scale reads has changed postpartum.
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
So there are two things that are helping me to get back to the pre-pregnancy Kirsten:  physical fitness, and proper nutrition (oh yes, and breastfeeding is an added bonus hahah).  Yes, I'm keeping track of my weight and using that as a 'measuring stick', but I also have fitness goals that I'm striving to reach and I'm fueling my body with the right nutrients to keep me and Trey healthy.  Believe it or not, I'm enjoying the journey back to pre-pregnancy Kirsten shape, and I can't wait to share more about all of this in the coming days/weeks!

Until next time...


  1. You look great Kirsten :) So refreshing to read about someone enjoying getting into shape rather than killing themselves to reach some abstract goal they think will make them happy...good luck!

  2. You look amazing! Sorry to hear about complications after giving birth... Glad to see you guys are doing GREAT!!!


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