6 Sept 2012

The Battle of the "Post-Baby Bulge"

Loosing "baby weight" is one of those "big battles" that many women face. Some are lucky and bounce back in record time, and for others it can be a mighty struggle to regain even an ounce of their old self.
I have been both lucky and unlucky in the war against post baby wight. I was lucky enough to regain my pre-baby figure before I even left the hospital with son number one (admittedly, I was 18 years of age and everything is a lot easier when we are young), but with each of my subsequent pregnancies, it got a little harder each time to shift those unwanted kilos.

While watching an interview in the early hours of this morning with celebrity Jessica Simpson, I began to think about just how hard us women are, on not just ourselves, but on each other. Everything seems to be one large competition, with women being the Judge and Jury, and the battle of excess weight gained during pregnancy seems to be no exception to the rule.

Why do we do this ?
Why must we wage such a war on each other?
We should be supportive of each other, be strong, and stand together.

Jessica said, that the process of loosing the "post-baby bulge" is slower than she expected, and that being in the "Hollywood lime light" adds even more pressure.

I really don't think that it matters if we are "Hollywood babes" or everyday women, we all put the same pressures on ourselves to be the "perfect" woman. We all have insecurities, and how we look, and how others perceive us, is definitely high up on the list.

The fight to be "perfect" is an everyday battle that is forced upon us. We are confronted with the "perfect" body and the "perfect" face on a daily basis, with both magazines, adverts and television "choosing" to display "beautiful" people.
We are ALL beautiful in our own way, and to hell with the "post-baby bulge" and what is perceived to be a "normal" time frame to loose it, you, and only you, know when you are ready to begin the journey back, and no one has the right to judge or shame anyone into thinking that they are not beautiful just the way that they are !!

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