Work That Naughty Mommy Body

It's time to face your postpartum body and do an interactive and self-reflective activity to help get your fun & flirty mommy body back with some simple do-it-yourself ideas to apply to your everyday! Getting your confidence back can be challenging and frustrating and we sincerely recognize that. Before we start, let's just first talk about some of the inevitable things that come with having a baby.

The Facts

Whether you deliver your baby vaginally or through C-section, have a surrogate or adopt—being a mom is a physical job. It requires bending, snapping, sweating and sometimes twerking. (Not sure why, but I feel like twerking is inevitable, right?) You will be peed on, spit up on, and even pooped on. With very little sleep (and even less time to take a shower) the physical demands of being a mama to little ones can get real. My body is no longer the same as it was before I brought my first little one into the world seven years ago.

Everyone around you

It obviously has changed physically, but more than anything it has more purpose and need to function properly than ever before in my life. My health and my daily physical routine affect the life of every single person around me. And that makes me feel so strong! It makes me feel sexy and beautiful for the right reasons. Taking care of my body has become a passion for me because missing my dentist appointments or workouts changes the way I can care for others—and caring for others gives me purpose in a way I had never dreamed of.

It's okay to laugh at yourself

Don’t get me wrong—there have been moments of horror when I have had to accept my saggy boobs, stretch marks, and hips that are a few inches wider than they used to be. Sound familiar? I am reminded daily of my postpartum body each time I cough, sneeze, laugh or jump. And although I laugh, when I talk about these (more serious) postpartum issues, I want you to know I take them seriously. I have cried, seen doctors, and spent many hours talking to my husband and girlfriends about what my body has been through. Sometimes it feels easier to ignore postpartum complications instead of taking care of them, but life is better when I try my best to put my big girl panties on (and possibly maybe a diaper too?) and face them head on. That being said, take some time and REALLY answer these 7 questions below. Write them down, blog about them, memorize them, but most importantly, apply them!

  • What foods make you feel unstoppable? 
  • What ways can you nurture yourself when you’re having your period? 
  • How much sleep do you need? 
  • What makes you feel beautiful? 
  • What helps you have positive sexual experiences? 
  • What’s your favorite way to prioritize exercise? 
  • What outfit works every single time you wear it?

You are beautiful, Mama, and I hope in this chapter you are able to find a way to make caring for yourself a priority. Because that naughty mommy body of yours deserves all of the love you have to give it, so it can turn around and give it right back to those little ones who need you.

This was taken from Andrea Faulkner Williams' book You've Got This, Mama! If you enjoyed this blog, you might enjoy others like How To Make Mom Friends or Getting Sexy Back!