After giving birth, your body will go through many changes. You might experience a lot of different emotions and feel like you’re not sure what it all means and you might not even get your pre-pregnancy body back. Your body will have scars from the delivery, stretch marks, loose skin, and all sorts of other things that will be there forever.
Your vagina may feel different because of swelling from delivery and from hormones that are still released in your body. If you have had a c-section or a vaginal birth with an epidural, your incision will also take time to heal. This can take up to six weeks for most women, but for some, it can take longer due to complications such as infection or pain. It’s normal to feel overwhelmed.
But it’s also important to remember that you are not your postpartum body. You are so much more than that. There are so many things about you that have nothing to do with your physical appearance: your personality, your passions, your hobbies, etc. Focus on these things instead of what others may perceive as flaws on the outside.
Below is a collection of postpartum body quotes that might expose all you need to know after having your baby.
Postpartum Body Quotes
The postpartum body is the same as any other body, but with a few changes. The general rule of thumb is that if you’re able to look in the mirror and like what you see while pregnant, you will probably feel even better when the baby’s here.
1. The postpartum body is beautiful, but it takes time to heal and become the best version of ourselves.
2. You have worked hard to carry and deliver a beautiful, healthy baby so it is your right and privilege to be proud of your postpartum body. You have amazing strength, endurance and agility!
3. While you might experience some changes during your pregnancy after a baby is born it’s important to understand that your body will be in a new place and it takes time to get back to you. Be kind to yourself and know you are still the same person inside.
4. The postpartum body is beautiful, powerful and resilient. After the baby is born, for the first few months mom will be pumping milk and placenta removal. To get back in shape you need to eat more fibre and healthy fats, rather than focus on how many calories you’re eating.
5. Your postpartum body is not in competition with any other woman’s body. It is your body and you do with it what you want. No one can judge you for loving yourself as much as they love their motherhood journeys.
6. The postpartum body is a very special part of your life and takes some getting used to. As with any major change in your life, it’s important to feel confident about yourself and enjoy the benefits of being a new mother. Make sure that you have plenty of time to rest, eat well and invest in your overall health during this time.
7. Your body is an amazing thing. You can birth a child, without breaking your bones. The ability to heal and recover from that kind of trauma is remarkable. Give yourself some time to heal, but don’t let yourself believe it has to be permanent.
8. The term postpartum body is very frequently used to describe women who have just given birth. This period can be tough on a woman’s body. Some women do not love their postpartum bodies, while others do.
9. We can’t escape that our bodies change after childbirth. Postpartum body negative self-talk is so pervasive and harmful, yet we don’t talk about it. It isn’t normal to feel ashamed, depressed or hopeless after having a baby. In this moment of vulnerability, please know that you are loved, normal and beautiful!
10. When it comes to having a baby, the only thing that should change is your life. You’re still the same beautiful, happy person you’ve always been. Change does not always happen overnight, but if you are healthy and feel good about yourself, your body will come back naturally. The best thing is to learn how to love your postpartum body before you even have a baby.
11. After you have a baby, your body goes through hell. You’ve given birth and survived it, but spare a thought for the postpartum body. Remember, your mind is the most important thing going on in your life right now. The physical stuff doesn’t matter, but how you feel about yourself does—and no one knows that better than a mom who’s been there.
12. Those first few weeks after your baby is born are not just about bringing a new person into the world. Your postpartum body also grows new organs and muscles, and shifts to accommodate your changing shape. It’s often referred to as your “new normal,” but it’s not a weight loss program or a diet plan. This is simply your body’s way of providing you with what it will take to care for this tiny person who relies on you for everything.
13. You will still have stretch marks after giving birth, but now they are badges of honour. You’ll see them as the result of an incredibly fulfilling journey.
14. Postpartum body is the time to feel great about yourself. A renewed sense of self and purpose. The time for yourself, your family and your body. You are beautiful!
15. Your postpartum body is going to be covered in stretch marks, and you’re probably not going to be very comfortable with the changes that have happened to your body. You’ve given birth to a beautiful baby, so they deserve nothing but the best.
16. My postpartum body will be the one I’ll get back. And for those of us who lose our postpartum body, I can think of no more perfect gift than a reminder that we’re not just bodies, we’re beings.
17. I couldn’t accept my body after I had my son, but I’ve learned that it takes time. You have this baby in your arms and it’s important to love it, of course, but when you look at yourself in the mirror sometimes it’s hard to do automatic positive self-talk.
18. A postpartum body is not a “get back in shape quick” product. It is a long-term project. Getting your body back to where it was before you became pregnant does not happen overnight.
19. Postpartum body can be a roller coaster of emotions. Getting to know your body and what it’s capable of after pregnancy can help you love yourself, and your shape and feel comfortable in your skin.
20. The postpartum body is a beautiful thing to celebrate as you adjust to motherhood and learn how to nourish your newborn.
21. Among postpartum women, the reaction to their bodies is often a mixture of shame, disgust, and regret. This can have negative effects on their self-esteem and emotional well-being.
22. You are perfect the way you are. Once you give birth and get up the next day, your body has transformed into something that gives life! Be proud and grateful for it!
23. The postpartum body is the most beautiful experience your body will ever go through but it doesn’t mean you look like this perfect supermodel.
24. We should embrace our postpartum body because what’s going on inside is life-changing. Not to mention that women are capable of doing so much and still look great while doing it.
25. It’s important to talk about the postpartum body. As much as we don’t like to admit it, we have these thoughts that create negative emotions and make us feel worse. Remember: Your body is amazing. It gave birth to a tiny human!
26. Postpartum bodies are miracles, they remind us that more can come from muscle and bone than just a smooth acceptance of what we have.
27. You are amazing. You have done something incredible and life-changing: you have created a new human! Your body has defied the laws of nature and brought another human into the world. But remember this—it is your body that allowed you to accomplish this feat, it is your body that nurtures your child. So love it, and appreciate it.
28. Postpartum bodies grow, stretch and shrink. And then some more. Postpartum bodies heal and recover and adjust. Postpartum bodies are home to a small human who might be the bravest thing they have ever seen in their lives (or they might not). They are different every time, but always beautiful in their way.
29. We all have different postpartum bodies, some of which look similar and some that don’t. The point is that we should accept each other’s natural postpartum bodies for what they are, not criticize them.
30. It’s not good to have extreme body standards and compare yourself to the world. However, a lot of postpartum mamas experience feelings of inadequacy in their bodies and that’s okay. You will learn to accept yourself gradually – as long as you take care of yourself now and always.
31. While recovering from childbirth, many women struggle with the changes their body is going through. All they want is to return to their pre-pregnancy shape and feel beautiful again. But it’s not easy… And selfies of other moms don’t make it any easier, right?
32. When a woman gives birth, they are giving up their body. They already see it as a thing which can create life and grow a human being inside of it. Their bodies are not skin-deep objects anymore; they’re vessels containing life.
33. The most inspiring thing you can do for your postpartum body is to love it. Your body has undergone so much in the past few months, but at this moment, it is as great and healthy as it can be right now. You have a lot of love to give right now, so don’t let anyone make you feel uncomfortable about the changes you are going through or pressure you into doing something before you’re ready.
34. The postpartum body is a battleground. There’s so much pressure to get your body back, but there’s also a lot of pressure to leave it alone, for fear of disrupting any progress made in breastfeeding and bonding with the baby. Either way, it doesn’t help anyone’s mental state, nor does it make follow-up appointments more fun.
35. The postpartum body can be challenging to feel love for, but you are still one of the most beautiful women on the planet and you deserve to feel it! Take care of yourself and let your body do what comes naturally.
36. I was determined to lose my “baby weight” as quickly as possible. The result is that I lost all sight of what the process was supposed to feel like. After all, I only want to reward myself for doing healthy things—but in reality, it’s what came before that matters most.
37. The postpartum body is equipped to carry a baby, heal from childbirth and grow a new human being. That’s tough work. You worked so hard for those beautiful babies and now it’s time to take care of you!
38. You haven’t seen your body in over a year, even though it has been through so much. So you might be feeling a little bit insecure about how you look. You may see stretch marks on your stomach or breasts and wonder how did this happen? Your body has given birth.
39. There are a lot of things I don’t like about my new body: weird aches and pains, stretch marks, chafing and feeling insecure. For the first time in my life, I’m unhappy with what my body can do. But that doesn’t change the fact that I am still beautiful.
40. We live in a society that focuses on the idea that for women to be seen as beautiful, there has to be something wrong with their bodies. We are constantly bombarded by images of what real women should look like, leaving us feeling inadequate when in fact, everyone’s body is different.
41. Postpartum body is a body that has been used to create, nourish, and nurture a child. Whether you are breastfeeding or pumping, your body will be exhausted.
42. And even though we’ve all been told it’s normal to feel like death after having a baby, I want you to know that you are beautiful. You deserve to be loved and adored. And the key to feeling more positive about your post-baby body is getting some distance from the mirror.
43. I have had a few people say “you look amazing post pregnancy”. But I would like to say that they mean the opposite. I’ve always taken pride in my body, but there is no way that I feel good about myself. My skin is stretched out and saggy, my gut sticks out over my pants and it seems like my booty refuses to return too. It’s been 7 months, I don’t know going on.
44. When you’ve just given birth, your body is physically and emotionally exhausted. You are healing, and adjusting to your parenting role, and this can make it difficult to see how amazing your body has truly been through this process.
45. There will be days that you want to cry and tear your hair out because your body has changed so drastically. But I promise it will get better. You just have to stay strong, be patient and enjoy every moment with your new baby. You will never be the same again but no one ever said having children would be easy.
46. Postpartum bodies are beautiful, powerful, and postpartum bodies are ours to own. They deserve our respect and also some damn silence.
47. Postpartum body is not a curse. It’s a blessing. Don’t succumb to the social pressure telling you that your body isn’t good enough and that you need to change it – you don’t. Your body grew into a whole human being, it became a vessel of life and now it’s ready to carry another one (or two or more!).
48. The postpartum body is a beautiful, miraculous machine. It has created, nourished and birthed a tiny human being. There is no greater gift than creating life, and our bodies have the task of carrying and growing this new being inside of them for months on end. A new body comes with changes – from stretch marks to sagging breasts; from shrinking bellies to swollen limbs – every woman’s journey is different. Post-partum does not mean your body is damaged or diseased: it means you are a mother now!
49. Our postpartum bodies are phenomenal, yet all too often they are seen as something less than. In reality, all that work we did growing and birthing our babies is a testament to the strength of women. However, it can sometimes feel like our postpartum bodies don’t receive the same admiration from society and past generations. Let’s change that!
50. Here’s the thing about postpartum bodies — no matter how much you want them to look like what you think a body ‘should’ look like, you won’t. I know that we often hear about the end of your pregnancy body (and even more so these days, because of how society views the importance of weight gain and loss), but the hard truth is that your postpartum body is also going to change in ways that are different for every woman, and that doesn’t always follow a set path.
51. Postpartum body is not just a period of healing from the delivery and birth, but it’s also a period of becoming comfortable with your new body. The first few weeks after delivery can be a hard time for many mothers, who may feel isolated and self-conscious about their changed bodies. And breastfeeding can make things even more complicated – especially because shifting body mass as you adjust to feeding and nursing takes time, energy, and patience. But give yourself time to adjust!
52. Your postpartum body is one of the hardest parts of being a new parent. It may even be the most difficult part of your entire pregnancy journey. You might think that you’ll go back to normal once the baby arrives, but there’s no guarantee. You might be surprised by how much you change after giving birth – physically, emotionally and mentally.
53. Every woman’s body changes after giving birth, and yet every single one of us is beautiful and amazing. The new shape of our bodies is not a source of shame, but an indication of the most deeply intimate and profound love we can experience as human beings.
54. The postpartum body is not a curse, but a gift. A reminder to be kind and compassionate to yourself. To do what is best for your needs and comfort.
55. I loved my postpartum body. I was still chubby, but rounder and softer than the rest of my life had ever seen me before – a body shaped by delivery but full of feeding and sleep, then feeding again. It was new and foreign, but it was also mine.
56. Sometimes, we forget that our bodies are a part of us. We focus on them as a means to an end: the act of reproduction that is so central to our biology. And when we have children, they become even more important — they are what determines who we are and why we do what we do.
57. As women, we’re conditioned to believe that everything a mother’s body does is for the child’s good — whether that be breastfeeding or caring for your child biologically or emotionally, physically or psychologically.
58. Postpartum bodies are amazing. They get stretched, prodded, worked, and pushed beyond anything they’ve ever experienced. The soul of a woman is more powerful than anything we can imagine. It powers her through pregnancy and childbirth to bring new life into the world.
59. The postpartum body is a beautiful, sacred space. It is not the same as before, but that does not mean you are any less valuable or deserving of love, support and care for yourself.
60. After giving birth, most women are left feeling that they should be some way other than they are. If they have a thin bodies, they’re sad and full of shame. If they have a large body, they can’t leave the house. Either way, many new mothers feel less than human and this is a serious problem that needs fixing as soon as possible.
61. During pregnancy, your body goes through several changes. Your hormones are in flux and your body is rapidly expanding to make room for your baby. Postpartum bodies have many emotions attached to them, sometimes from within themselves and sometimes from others who may not even realize the emotional impact of their words. The postpartum period can be a time of great healing and growth.
62. After giving birth, your postpartum body has been through a lot. Fortunately, it’s also going to look different in the right kind of way. Instead of stressing about having a “good” body after pregnancy, focus on what’s truly important: loving yourself, celebrating your new baby and making sure you’re taking good care of both of you.
63. You are allowed to feel uncomfortable with your postpartum body. You are allowed to feel in shape again in time, and you will. You are allowed to take photos of yourself wearing a swimsuit and admire how amazing you look (or how bad). You don’t have to put on a brave face just so other moms feel better about themselves and so their children don’t see them as ugly.
64. The postpartum body is beautiful and resilient. There’s beauty in the strength that it takes to grow another human inside of you, relinquish your old self, leave behind everything you knew and step into a world of motherhood. The postpartum body is resilient because it can rebuild itself around your baby and become strong enough to push out a human being.
65. Although the postpartum body is a powerful thing—witnessing it in action is enough to take your breath away. The gut-wrenching contractions, the exhausting but astounding delivery and then all of a sudden, there you are. Your body has survived an enormous battle, but now it’s only time to heal this new being within you.
66. If you’ve ever had a baby, you know that your body morphs into a different being. For the first few months, it’s swollen and tight and foreign. You barely recognize yourself. But then you come back to yourself and it becomes normal again. And it takes time, patience and love to learn what that new normal looks like, feels like…is.
67. The postpartum body is a miraculous feat of nature, capable of transforming from a baby-birthing machine into the tightest, firmer version of yourself you’ve ever seen.
68. You may feel ashamed, embarrassed or uncomfortable with how your body looks right now. It’s normal to feel this way. But remember, you are still beautiful inside and out! A postpartum body is not the enemy. The body changes wonderfully after pregnancy and birth and there is no such thing as a perfect body. The body of a pregnant woman changes to accommodate her growing fetus, then again to allow for the safe delivery of that child and provide sustenance for her infant.
69. Postpartum body is not always the most ideal. It’s life-changing and it can be hard to see yourself as beautiful and whole when your body has been through so much.
70. I wish people knew that the postpartum body is normal. It is not perfect and it’s not broken. It is doing what it was built to do, and someday soon you will get your pear shape back and your stretch marks will fade from pink to silver and red and gold.
71. By the time you come out of a postpartum recovery period, it should no longer be about how your body looks. It’s about how you feel and how much energy you have to chase after your kids. It’s not so much about what you look like as it is about maintaining a positive attitude.
72. After a baby, your body will never be the same. Even if you look great and feel great, it’s not going to be like it was before. And that’s okay. You are going through a physical transformation, so enjoy the process of getting back into shape. So embrace your arms and thighs and stretch marks because they are proof that you accomplished one of the most amazing feats in life!
73. You don’t have to look like you did before you had a baby. You don’t have to be the same person you were before you had a baby. With a little patience and some grace towards yourself, you will find yourself again… even if it doesn’t happen in exactly the way you thought.
74. There is no one way to have a postpartum body. Your body is your own. It has been through a lot and somehow, someway it will bounce back but it may not be how you pictured it. The important thing is that you love and accept it!
75. The postpartum body is not a miracle — it’s a powerful force that brought life into the world. Celebrate it like you would any other accomplishment and cherish this time before you move onto your new normal.
76. Postpartum body is a part of the journey of motherhood and no matter how you look, it’s all worth it. Our bodies change as we grow, whether in pregnancy or not. Our bodies re-grow our souls, make miracles possible, and give us incredible power to create life.
77. It is common thing for women to experience changes in their bodies after childbirth. The postpartum changes are not only physical but emotional as well. You might feel very sad, or bulky and unattractive but you have to understand that nothing is permanent. After some months, you will get back your usual figure; it could be better than before if you take proper care of your health and diet.
78. Your body has just given birth, but let yourself heal and recover. Know that it’s okay to feel less than beautiful for a little while. Your body isn’t the same as it was before you gave birth or after pregnancy, so take time to appreciate what it has been able to do for you. You are an amazing woman!
79. There are many reasons why the postpartum body is so different: the body is undergoing a major transition, there’s an extra person to carry around and care for, hormone changes, lack of sleep… but they all add up to one thing. The postpartum body needs love and support! Every new mom feels like she’d do just about anything to feel better in her skin again. But here’s the truth: no matter what you look like right now, it won’t last forever. You’re growing another human being inside your body and that miracle deserves respect and gratitude.
80. Postpartum bodies are more than just the physical changes that occur after giving birth. Your body is capable of amazing things and needs to be nurtured to continue doing so.
81. We all know that babies are amazing, but they also require a lot of work. There’s no shame in seeking help to get your body back after childbirth. The process of becoming a mother is hard enough without adding on self-doubt and criticism.
82. No matter how your body looks after giving birth, there are ways to feel more comfortable. Talk with your doctor about what you can do to feel better, plus find out how you can build up your confidence as you get back in shape.
83. Congratulations on your amazing accomplishment (postpartum body) and new journey as a mother. You are strong, beautiful, and courageous and deserve to be celebrated. The media has made you fearful of your postpartum body instead of embracing all that it represents: Incredible sacrifice, courage and strength, and the country’s future mothers. Remember: You are not alone.
84. People who get in shape after pregnancy (or a few months postpartum) are so inspiring. I’m too tired and too uncoordinated right now to even think about the gym, but if I did have energy, I’d start now. The sooner you can get back into some kind of routine, the easier it will be on your body and mind. It’s not easy, but it gets easier with time.
85. You’re not just your postpartum body, and you’re not just your body after pregnancy. You are the sum of your experiences, and the love shared with others. Accept yourself for who you are and remember we all have something to offer in this world.
86. I don’t care if you have stretch marks or if your tummy isn’t as firm as it used to be. Your body just gave birth and needs time to heal. Your arms just cradled a human being and are beautiful.
87. The postpartum period is a time of extreme physical and emotional changes. Expecting mothers go through intense physical changes, including drastic weight changes and the effects of hormones, which may cause them to feel overwhelmed.
88. It takes an average of one month after birth to regain our pre-pregnancy weight. These days, postpartum body image issues are more common than ever. Many women are left feeling depressed after giving birth and having trouble accepting their new bodies. A lot of people have a hard time being proud of themselves but don’t know what they can do to change it.
89. Those extra kilos are mostly water, an important bonus during the first few weeks after giving birth. Don’t beat yourself up if you feel like you’ve put on weight. The new body you’re left with will change in the next few months and years — it may be a good idea to hire a professional swimsuit to get an idea of what your post-pregnancy body will feel like.
90. Postpartum body: The body that you have after having a baby. You may notice stretch marks, extra body fat, and looser skin. This is normal and should go away within a couple of years. Each week after having a baby, your body will go through changes as it heals from giving birth.
91. Your postpartum body is not the same as your pre-pregnancy body. Your body went through one of the most intense experiences and changes any human being can experience. It may look different, feel different, and function differently. It may look like it did before if you continue to eat well and exercise, but it will never be the same again.
92. I’m not going to sugarcoat it. The postpartum period is probably the hardest time in the long journey of becoming a mother. But even so, I learned that there’s nothing women can’t do and no shortage of support out there. And if you have the courage and determination to get through it, you’re going to come out as a better version of yourself.
93. You don’t have to be a supermodel to be hot. You are beautiful just the way you are and no matter how many stretch marks or things that hang a little lower than they used to, it didn’t come from lack of trying.
94. Our bodies change so much during pregnancy and postpartum. Yes, it can be scary, but it’s the most beautiful time because you’ve created a human being and grown a new life inside you. Your body is incredible, don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise.
95. You’re still new at this whole parenting thing, but your body knows how to take care of you and your baby. Learn what you can expect with breastfeeding, other food intake and exercise routines during the first few months. Trust yourself and your experience.
96. The number one thing to remember is that postpartum body changes are normal, healthy and temporary. So it’s time to stop feeling bad about your body after pregnancy and enjoy it for what it does for you.
97. Your body is amazing. You’re amazing. It’s not just about the stretch marks and extra weight, it’s about regaining your freedom to drive and walk freely, cook for your family, and move around with confidence and ease. And even though you might feel like that period of your life is over, the reality is that if you don’t take the time to heal from this incredible experience, you will feel more limited than ever before with too much to do and not enough ways to do it.
98. Postpartum bodies are beautiful. Yes, they’re still changing and it may take some time. But there’s no reason to be discouraged. Your body will begin to look more like the one which carried your baby after six weeks or so.
99. Postpartum women deserve to be happy, and they are more than their bodies. Remember that when you look in the mirror or talk to other new mums.
100. Becoming a mother changes your body in ways you might not expect, but they are all beautiful and amazing. You gave life to another human being and that, my friend, is one of the most incredible things a woman can do.
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