So today, we’re talking snapbacks (not the caps) but post partum snapbacks, the truths and the myths.
We have all seen it on social media. Mom’s wearing the same clothes during and post pregnancy with timelines as close as 1 week or 2 weeks and a waist so tiny, you’re wondering, where did the baby actually fit?
I know the pressure can be real and when we then find ourselves 6 or 8 months or even 2 years after having our babies and we are still struggling with the weight, it can be a bit too much. On that note, let”s talk about snapbacks.
Myth Vs Truth 1; the myth here is that everyone can snapback after one week of having a child, while the truth is that it cannot happen that way for everyone.
Genes are basically the components we inherit from our parents and grandparents, that make us into who we are. Genes determine our height, our complexion and even can affect our weight except we combat it with exercise and healthy eating.
We all know those friends who eat the most in the group but stay as slim as ever. We know the friends whom we could barely tell if they were pregnant because their bump barely grew. We all ate a lot of protein because they said it will make us tall and well, we’re only 5″5.
So the next time you see a Mama who snapped back real quick, and you’re comparing her with yourself, then remind yourself that maybe she just has great genes (or jeans too 😉😉).
Myth Vs Truth 2; the myth here is that your body can snapback completely to it’s former composition and the truth is that you had an entire human being grow in you for 9 months, no Mama, your body cannot go back to how exactly it was, and that is a good thing because will you rather have that body or your child?
Now while I’m not saying clean eating and working out cannot make you go back to prebaby weight and give you abs again, what I’m actually saying is that there will be the stretch marks (or victory stripes if you please), there’ll be boobs that are not too perky anymore and dark patches on our stomachs but all these things are the signs that no matter what else is going wrong, we at least did something right by bringing an amazing human being, into the world.
Myth Vs Truth 3; the myth is that all the moms who snapped back quick are photoshopped but the truth is that, some of them actually did. Most of those women while having great genes, also paid a huge attention to fitness while pregnant. A lot of them were working out multiple times a week during their pregnancy, eating balanced but clean meals and have generally always been into fitness, as such, it was a bit easier for them to wear fitted dresses weeks after having their child.
Once you’re cleared by your OB and you can exercise, I recommend that you try to fight the fatigue and work out in any way you can, yours might be walking, swimming, cardio or any other pregnancy safe exercises but please keep at it.
Myth Vs Truth 4; the myth is that you can never the pregnancy or baby weight but the truth is that YOU CAN.
It will take time, dedication and consistency but you can do anything you set your mind to do. You can eat clean, work like it and have the body of your dreams.
Through it all, don’t forget to keep loving yourself and going hard after those goals!!
I believe in you Mama, let’s get to work 💪💪👊👊.