Feeling Comfortable In My Skin

My body changed monthly. At first, I lost a lot of weight; I think something like 20 lb within the first few weeks. I thought to myself, “oh look how lucky I am, I’ve lost all of that pregnancy weight already!” What I didn’t realize is that my attempt at breastfeeding (more on this in a later post) would cause me to gain the majority of that back.

I think it’s essential that I take a moment to address body image. Every woman’s body is different, and this statement is even more relevant postpartum. Some lose the weight quickly while others hold on to it for a lifetime; there’s nothing wrong with either scenario or anything in-between. Your body is amazing! You’ve just birthed life into this world (my story), and your body is a road map of that fantastic experience; own it, love it, and be proud of it!

Photo Credit: Kassim Bhamani

I wasn’t as big as I was when I was pregnant, but I was nowhere near my pre-pregnancy size. I mean, at one point I couldn’t even get my old jeans past the midway point of my thighs! The functionality of my wardrobe didn’t suit my current situation, either. It’s nearly impossible to make a crew neck shirt work for breastfeeding without pulling it up, which I didn’t have the confidence to do in public.

Photo Credit: Kassim Bhamani

Fast forward five months, the clothing that I purchased at two months postpartum no longer fit; the jeans were too small while the tops were now too big. I’ve always felt confident leaving the house in the morning, but with all the changes, I just felt so frumpy.

Photo Credit: Kassim Bhamani

Enter ThredUp! For the unacquainted, ThredUp is a second-hand clothing store based primarily online with warehouse distribution all over the country. You search their online inventory, make your purchase, and within a week you have your “new to you” clothing at your doorstep. Brilliant! Not only is it a budget-friendly way to update my wardrobe, but also an eco-friendly way of getting rid of the clothing that no longer fit. Win-win!

I quietly collected my pregnancy clothes as well as some of the pre-pregnancy items that I knew I would likely never fit into again. I neatly folded them and, in the spirit of the KonMari Method, thanked them for their service. I then placed them into the lovely green and white polka dot ‘clean-out’ bag ThredUp sent me and shipped them off to be sold.

Photo Credit: Brandi Bhamani

I can’t tell you how amazing it felt to clear out the clutter. I no longer had all of these items taking up space in my closet. I felt unburdened by the clothes that were too small like I was permitting myself to be this new version of myself. I finally embraced my new mom-bod. 💙

If you are currently going through something similar, remember to be kind to yourself and that you are worthy of love no matter what your size.

Photo Credit: Kassim Bhamani

This brings us to today, I am 11 months postpartum. While my body is still changing, one thing remains the same, nothing beats the satisfaction of pulling on a pair of great-fitting jeans, no matter what the little tag on the inside says.

Checkout ThredUp for yourself and enjoy a $10 on your first order when you use my link: http://www.thredup.com/r/ADDGHU Considering how reasonable the prices are, this credit goes pretty far! 😀

Note: this is not a sponsored post, I just really love the company!

2 thoughts on “Feeling Comfortable In My Skin

  1. I appreciate you sharing Brandi. I know the body image struggles my wife had following the birth of all four of our children. It is not easy. Donating the used and no longer fitting clothing is eco-friendly. And also a place where we accept ourselves, and are comfortable in our new skin. Thanks for sharing! 😀

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    1. I’m so happy to hear that this post connected with you on such a personal level. Far too often, we see the “bounce back” photos that I believe can set unrealistic expectations. I am happy to hear that you are so supportive of your wife, what a strong woman she must be! All the best – B


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