I took this photo a couple of days before I went into labor
I would describe my post-pregnancy body as looking like I haven't worked out in a year (which is basically the case since I didn't work out for my entire pregnancy). I'm still thin, but I lack the muscle tone and definition my body had when I was weight training.
I had a few people ask what my "secret" is or what diet I'm following to try to get my pre-pregnancy body back, and the truth is, there isn't one. I've always said that I believe genetics play a large role in your pregnancy/postpartum body and things like whether or not you get stretch marks. I didn't get any stretch marks and my body seems to have bounced back fairly quickly and I know my mom was the same way. It's just the luck of the draw.
I'm also breastfeeding and pumping, so that burns a lot of calories and thus I have to eat a lot to make sure I'm making up those calories. I still eat the same way I did before and during pregnancy. I eat every 2-3 hours and if I want pizza or ice cream, I have it---everything is okay in moderation as long as the rest of your diet is balanced.
In terms of my stomach, which is the area most people are curious about post-baby, I've actually been pleasantly surprised with how quickly it went down. It started to go down right after giving birth and has gotten flatter since then. It's not the exact same as before, but honestly, I expected it to be much worse so I'm happy with it. I still have my linea negra which I know takes time to go away, so right now my stomach looks better from the profile view than the front view.
I took this photo within 24 hours of giving birth
About 2 weeks postpartum
The picture on the left was taken right before I found out I was pregnant,
the picture on the right was taken today, at 3 weeks 1 day postpartum.
How did you feel about your postpartum body? Leave me a comment below!