During my third pregnancy, I had this deep, unexplainable feeling that she would be our final kid. I have heard from others that I’m not the only one to experience this. It was a sense of accomplishment, finality, contentment. I just “knew.”
My season of pregnancy and nursing was coming to an end, and my mindset began to shift. I began to think about myself, my body, my health. It sounds slightly selfish, but every mom understands what I’m saying. We are so selfLESS for so many months or years, giving our bodies to the cause of creating and sustaining tiny humans. I was thrilled, excited, and even nervous about the idea of having my body to myself, finally. No more pregnancies. No more c-sections. No more nursing. I felt a deep sigh of relief, and also a pride for what my body did. I thanked God for the chance to be used to bring life into the world.
My mindset shifted from “I need to take care of myself for my kids” to “I need to take care of myself for ME.” You only get one body. I was scarred from three c-sections, I was carrying about 15-20 pounds of leftover baby weight. I was wearing clothes that didn’t fit quite right. It was time for a change in my health.
As I move into this new season, I know there are moms out there who are with me. I know you’re struggling with your body image. I know it’s hard.
I don’t have any hard and fast solutions for you. I am not selling you a workout plan, a pouch of powder to add to your smoothie, or an “accountability group.” I just hope to share my journey, which is a combination of nutrition, exercise, and faith. And I encourage you: NOW is the time. You did it. You birthed and nursed the babies. NOW you need to find your new groove for your health. You can do it!
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