We had just finished rhyme time when the leader of the toddler group piped up that she was teaching gym classes down at the local school. Should any of us mums like to join her she’d be very happy to see us.
Now I don’t have a problem with exercise – well I don’t do enough of it so perhaps I do - but what I was bothered by was the ideology of the perfect body being propelled once again into people’s minds. As soon as we've given birth or as soon as possible following c-section many of us are being told we should be aiming to pop back into shape with a toned tum. We've just given birth for goodness sake should we not be celebrating that fact rather than pretending it never happened?!
Yes I know the celebrities would have us believe that we can spring back into shape following the birth of our baby. They ditch the excess weight and shape up with a good trainer but we aren't all celebrities are we?! What if we can’t afford these extortionately priced gym classes or personal trainers or we are just not gym bunnies at heart what then? We are all shapes and sizes and abilities for that matter and should be celebrating how fortunate we are that our bodies have allowed us to house our babies.
Health and particularly mental health should be our first and foremost concern. Are those that appear to shape up instantly after the birth of their baby truly happy or are they looking to aim for a perfect shape that’s non-existent?! Should there not be more emphasis on loving the skin we are in, being healthy and being thankful for being able to carry a baby in our body.
What are your thoughts regarding the search for the perfect body shape do you think it exists? Do you think we should celebrate the body we are in? I would love to hear from you in the comments below.