I Don’t Want To Feel Bad About Feeling Bad About My Post-Baby Body
I saw this article on Today Moms yesterday about something called “Tum Tape.” It’s basically some surgical-grade tape that flattens areas that you might feel self-conscious about after you’ve had a baby. I hate the post-baby body obsession as much as everyone else, but in reality it would be nice to occasionally wear a dress without still looking like I’m pregnant. Is that so wrong?
Immediately I wanted to write a story about this stuff because it looks kind of brilliant and I might actually purchase some. About 2.5 seconds after I had that thought, these thoughts followed; What is wrong with you? You just made a person! Stop being so shallow! Stop feeding into the post-baby body obsession! I could add a bunch of other thoughts here, but you get my drift. Is it wrong that I want to wear a dress without seeing my lower belly lump out, or wear a pair of jeans without seeing my muffin top? I think not.
I don’t care what anyone says, the post pregnancy body can be pretty traumatic. Yes, I think it’s important to love ourselves after what our bodies have just been through. Yes, I think women’s bodies are beautiful and amazing – and that also counts for our post-pregnancy bodies. But I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being impatient to see some semblance of your former self staring back at you in the mirror.
I’m spending a lot of time in yoga pants and stretchy tank tops these days. It’s not laziness – it’s necessity. I’m constantly having to flop my boob out to feed my daughter. I have to be in clothes that make this easy and comfortable. Admittedly, some of my glamour has fallen by the wayside post-baby. I’m not going to feel bad about wanting to get it back. I’m getting my hair done next week and buying some Tum Tape, damn it. I’ll let you know if it’s as painful to remove as it looks.