Fitspo-Mum Opens Up About Her Post-Baby Bod In An Honest Post That Will Make All New Mums Feel Better

“She looks this great just weeks after giving birth,” “back to her pre-baby bod in just a few weeks,” these are comments that we see sprawled across the media regarding celebs and their slimmed-down post-baby bodies.

As if this wasn’t enough, social media has now jumped on the bandwagon and mums who don’t ‘bounce back’ within weeks are left feeling a little blue about their postpartum body, despite the fact that they are not alone.

Revie Jane Schulz, a personal trainer, posted a photo of herself on Instagram and showed her post-baby body 6 months after giving birth.

 

It's been 6 weeks since I had my little Lexington and without contest, it has been my biggest blessing in life. Being her mother is and will be my greatest accomplishment. I post on the daily about how much I adore her and how happy I am, but there are other sides to becoming a mother that I think are really important to speak out about. I’ve found myself several times looking down at my belly. I caught myself feeling sad when clutching the loose skin that was once tight, unmarked and toned. I tried to embrace and remind myself what it was all for but am left feeling so self conscious. I kept telling myself “you knew it wouldn’t be back to normal straight away, give it time,” but it was still a shock and I do get upset about it. And that is perfectly okay. Being in my profession, I used to live in a sports bras and shorts, I wondered ‘Will I ever have the confidence to do that again? I was confused because I felt like I was being ungrateful and vein. But how is suppressing feelings of sadness and insecurity going to work out for me? Trying to undermine those feelings can cause big problems in the future. When speaking to other Mum friends about it, they agreed that they felt like they were the only ones because its not often talked about. So, yes I have never been happier and yes I have a healthy, beautiful baby but that shouldn't mean I bottle up these feelings. I can honestly say, each week, it does get better. I remember thinking ‘Is this forever?’ I have seen so many changes already and am starting to feel content again! Will my body ever be the same? No it probably won’t be and I’ve learnt it will be better in other ways. If you have been following me, you would know I am totally in a love fest over my darling girl, but we gotta look after ourselves too. We’ve all made our sacrifices and each of us are entitled to feel. The best bit of advice. Look. Look at what you created! At any moment, I look at Lexi and happiness washes over me. My body is amazing. So is yours xo For my top tips on positive body image post bub I posted them on my Facebook Page (link in bio) x #postpartumbody #bodyimage

A photo posted by Revie Jane Schulz (@reviejane) on


 

Her honest and revealing post opens up about the fact that she hasn’t ‘bounced back’ instantly.

I caught myself feeling sad when clutching the loose skin that was once tight, unmarked and toned. I tried to embrace and remind myself what it was all for but am left feeling so self-conscious. I kept telling myself, “You knew it wouldn’t be back to normal straight away, give it time,” but it was still a shock and I do get upset about it. And that is perfectly okay.

I was confused because I felt like I was being ungrateful and vein [sic]. But how is suppressing feelings of sadness and insecurity going to work out for me? Trying to undermine those feelings can cause big problems in the future. When speaking to other mum friends about it, they agreed that they felt like they were the only ones because its not often talked about. So, yes I have never been happier and yes I have a healthy, beautiful baby but that shouldn’t mean I bottle up these feelings.

The post received a lot of comments, a lot from new mums who felt refreshed by this picture. “I love this post! Even though it’s been a few weeks I’m already starting to get frustrated with my weight.” Another commented “Thank you for posting this @reviejane I gave birth to my son 4 weeks ago and I too am feeling very self conscious about my stomach.”

The fact that she has been so honest and open about this is a good reminder to other mums that your body has been through a lot and you are not alone when it comes to not bouncing back right away.


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