I don't normally read magazines unless I'm in a waiting room, but a couple years ago a young relative hit me up for some magazine subscription fundraiser. So now I have a 3 year subscription to Shape magazine and I'm pretty sure they just change the pictures every month because the content never seems to change. "Get fit at home!" "Guilt free snacks!" "How some celebrity got slim and fit!"
While leafing through this month's issue, I came across this:
6 weeks after I had Faith, I had my check up with my doctor. I remember asking him about loose skin and how long it would be until it tightened up. He laughed and said it would take a few months, or I just could gain some weight and fill it out and that would fix my problem. (Side note: my doctor thought he was a comedian). I was actually more concerned about my dark linea negra and when that would disappear (it's only recently disappeared!).
I've run countless miles since having Faith and completed a 10 mile race, a 5K, and a marathon. I do yoga on a regular basis and do abs occasionally when Faith is playing. So how is my stomach?
I think it's fine! It's not exactly how it was before, but you know what? That's ok because my body made another person and that's pretty amazing. I can't expect to house an 8lb + baby and not have some lasting effects. Also, it's one of those things that only I would notice. I guarantee you that no one else would think I had any loose skin on my stomach if they saw me in a bathing suit.
I can't believe a "woman's health magazine" is suggesting that subjecting your body (and your wallet) to plastic surgery is a good answer for some post-baby body changes. Your body may not be exactly the same, but even if you never have kids, eventually your skin will lose elasticity from age and you'll still end up a little saggy. I feel like stuff in magazines like this just perpetuates the idea that having kids ruins your body. How about just embracing what your body can do (like the miracle of life?) instead of spending the kid's college fund on plastic surgery?
*Getting off my soapbox now*
What do you think?