I’ve been taking pictures of my body after pregnancy – I took a photo 4 days after giving birth to Reuben, then at 3 weeks and then at 5 months. After a conversation with a couple of my blog readers who are still pregnant, they said it would be interesting to see this. Like me, they are keen to know about the body after pregnancy and, ultimately, losing weight after pregnancy. So, this is all rather revealing and apologies to anyone who really doesn’t want to see this but…

My body after pregnancy

body after pregnancy4 days after giving birth

After 4 days, I was astounded by how much my belly had gone down but I absolutely HATED looking at myself face on! Love handle central. Looking back I now see you can hardly tell because my norks are so massive!

Body after pregnancy3 weeks after giving birth

Still large norks and love handles but the good news is, by 3 weeks time I had lost 10kgs (I had put on around 15kgs and this weight loss was entirely due to not having a baby and loads of water in there, but also breastfeeding and forgetting to eat during a crazy, blurry, exhausting 3 weeks of newborn life) which was enough to make me feel good about myself. Tired but good. So if you have something coming up around a month or so after you’ve given birth you might be pleasantly surprised by how quickly your body rearranges itself!

Body after pregnancy5 months after giving birth* 

The bad news is that I stayed at this weight for the next 3 or 4 months. It wasn’t until I started to do a high protein diet (not very strictly I have to say and I never did ‘weigh in’ as I went into a pre-Christmas slump!) and loads (sort of) of exercise that I managed to lose a bit more. Since New Year when I stopped feeding Reuben during the day, I’m now back into a pair of fairly tight trousers I used to wear for work (which I’m thrilled with!) but since my boobs have shrunk, the dip in the scales is most probably my body saying goodbye to my Jodie Marsh bazoomers.

So that’s it. My hips and rib cage have almost gone back to where they were. However, while I might be back to where I started on the scales, I don’t have the same body I started with. Various things just aren’t the same, most notably my belly  – it’s OK when I’m standing, but as soon as I sit the muscles are nowhere to be seen! As a result I’ve spent the last 6 months wearing this baby:

Body after pregnancyMarks and Spencers bodysuit

I mentioned this on Monday in the Breastfeeding in public post…basically it gives me a bit of body confidence as it does what my muscles should and holds the ‘excess skin’ in place when I sit (rather than a major overhang over the jeans). Now we’ve reached that 6 month mark it’s time to get control (literally) of my body and ditch the bodysuit! But with target areas being my arms, legs, TUMMY, back…basically all my muscles, it feels a bit daunting. So I’ve got myself a personal trainer!!!!! We’re away next week at Centre Parcs so I’ve organised to see Dan from Sound, Mind and Body Gym a week on Tuesday. He was slightly taken aback when I said I want to look like Jody Marsh (please read this before you judge me!) but you’ve got to aim high right? I shall of course fill you in on my progress.

*For some bizarre reason I thought it would be a good idea to take the pictures with the same pants on – I realise now that was a stupid idea as it looks like I only wear one sorry looking pair of nautical knickers…I do have many more different ones, I promise.