Pregnant Athlete: postpartum body
throughout pregnancy I was so scared of how my body would look and feel after pregnancy. as a mind-body athlete, my body is my sacred vehicle for gnostic movement, my only home, my treasure. I couldn't bear the thought of ringing in my big 3-0 (two weeks from now!) in a body that didn't feel like home.
so, after overthinking it too much this top series is me two weeks before pregnancy, twenty weeks pregnant, thirty nine weeks pregnant, and one week postpartum. when I was at the gym each day taking these photos I did the same workout: ten pitches in the 5.10-5.11 range followed by a run. happy to report that, in that last image, I felt STRONGER than in the first image in the series.
in this second series I am thirty-nine weeks pregnant, twelve hours postpartum, thirty-six hours postpartum, and four days postpartum.
at four days postpartum, my body was back to normal: my innie-then-outie turned back into an innie, my abs were lean, and I could comfortably button my pants. also, by four days postpartum, my bleeding had nearly stopped and I was back in the gym taking lead falls and running short distances. the healthy body seeks stasis and my baseline is resilient, vigorous, and very very hungry.
I am sharing not to brag, to make others feel bad about their own unique journeys, or to put any 'should's out there. I share to dispel fear other pregnant athletes might hold about their own post-pregnancy bodies. please allow these images to broaden your idea of what a 'normal' pregnant and postpartum body looks like.