Celebrity Pregnancies vs Reality
Losing the baby weight. It’s something that has been on my mind since I got pregnant – and isn’t that crazy??? I just had this huge, wonderful, amazing life change and I’m already thinking about how I’m going to lose the baby weight. Wait a second… this isn’t right!
What prompts this reaction in so many women these days? Is it that we truly miss our bodies we once had before pregnancy? Maybe. Is it pressure from family or friends? Maybe… but probably not. Definitely not in my case. Or is it just society and because we continuously see celebrities who pop out babies and 6 weeks later look like there is no proof whatsoever there was ever a child in their stomach? Most likely.
Society creates an image. Society creates an expectation. In numerous things but what I’ve noticed more recently is in the “gotta’ lose that baby weight ASAP” way. Well, I’ll tell you what. The celebrity ideal of having a baby and forcing myself to lose weight immediately is not ideal for me. In fact, I have no desire to live in that world.
I respect what celebrities do. They are in a career where their expectations are EXTREME. This is the life they live and kudos to them for getting there. But do I want that life? No way! I personally enjoy the fact that I can go to the grocery store whenever I want without being photographed looking like I just rolled out of bed. We’re talking sans makeup, un-matching clothes, and maybe even sans bra. Yes, I actually LOVE the fact that I can do that and not have my picture splashed all over magazines the next day because of it. I also love the fact that while I do have a desire to get my fitness level back, I have no pressure from oh, the WORLD, to get back into pre-pregnancy shape the next time I walk out the door. Make no mistake about it though, I get why celebrities have to live this way, and I appreciate the fact that they work hard at it. There are very few of them who this comes easy to, trust me. They have to work very hard to lose that weight because of the image they need to uphold. I get it and applaud their hard work… but – no. thank. you.
I have been working out during pregnancy. Because I love it. I truly enjoy it and I know for the sake of my health and my baby’s health, it’s important. I also enjoy some indulgences that I really crave. The other day I wanted a chocolate chip cookie. So, I took a short break at 3:00 and went to get myself that chocolate chip cookie I was craving. (Side note: judging by the few little kicks I got after eating it, I think my little munchkin enjoyed it. That a girl!) I promote and live a life of moderation. I believe in eating things you want and also eating healthy while incorporating an exercise you enjoy into your life.
What does this all mean? My point is that while I do promote a lifestyle involving health and fitness, I also realize we are human and we have a lot going on. I’m creating a human. That doesn’t give me the right to treat my body like a garbage disposal but it also doesn’t give me the right to restrict myself or my diet because I want to make sure I can “lose the baby weight”. The weight has to be there for a reason.
Once my daughter is born, I will continue my healthy and fit lifestyle. This means I will still eat things I like in moderation like pizza and burgers (preferably grass fed J ) but I will also eat the healthy things I enjoy like quinoa, vegetables, and fruit. I will also continue to run because it’s what I love to do. I will continue to do other workouts I enjoy and share them with you in the hopes that you also find them enjoyable, useful, and helpful for your health. But I will not let myself feel as if I have to be back to my original size by the time 6 weeks is up. Or maybe even 10 weeks or 20 or however many months. The point is to be comfortable with where I am in the right timeframe for me. If the weight falls off quickly for whatever reason, then that’s great. But if it takes a little extra time, that’s okay.
Let’s stop putting this pressure on ourselves. I am not perfect and I know that just like some of you I will have this little voice creep inside my head once in a while reminding me about losing weight once this baby is out of me. But I will work hard to shove that thought out of my mind as quickly as possible.
Eating healthy and working out is about feeling good about yourself and being healthy. I plan to teach my daughter these same things. I get it if you want to lose the baby weight. And if you do it in a healthy way, that’s awesome!! I will be one of your biggest cheerleaders. But do it for you and because you want to enjoy the same things in life like you used to. Not because you saw a celebrity who looked perfect weeks after delivering.
I want to encourage you to follow along in my health journey through what I learn and experience. I hope there is something you can take away from Fit Busy Female that inspires you to start taking control of your health and feeling better every day.