Many moms struggle with weight loss after having a baby and even fitness junkies aren’t immune. Fitness blogger and ToneItUp co-founder Katrina Scott had her first child, Isabelle Margaret, a little more than 9 months ago, and she recently shared some powerful words about her postpartum body.
On Instagram, where she has nearly 325,000 followers, Scott shared photos of her postpartum body journey. She recently posted a side-by-side picture of herself 3 months postpartum and 9 months postpartum. She noted in her caption that many people told her she would have her body back after three months, but in reality, it took much longer. She said, “3 months is where everyone kept telling me I’d be ‘back’ to where I was. I’d have the fitness SnapBack. That wasn’t my journey.”
Scott was also candid that she was “happy, proud and body positive” at both three and nine months postpartum. She shared her body-positive message, saying, “I truly believe that giving yourself patience, grace, & kindness each day leads to progress & strength.”
She continued, “I want u to know that ur postpartum body is remarkable. For me, I appreciate my tiger marks, my dimples that stayed on my booty cheeks, my tummy that expands more than ever when I eat, & the new skin I’m in. I also love that I can do yoga, I can do our @ToneItUp postnatal workouts & I can carry Bella around for 12 hours a day! Everyone’s journey looks different & every mom has her own unique path~ so let’s not compare our chapter 1 or 3 to someone else’s chapter 30. If ur feeling down or defeated, I want u to know it’s ok.”
Her fans loved the post and responded with messages like, “Amazing message! My daughter is almost 3 and I’m STILL figuring out my postpartum body. Thank you for being so honest and open!” and “I love this. Especially what you said about not being sad about the expectations that others put on you. If we aren’t happy in our own skin we can’t be happy no matter whose image we are trying to live up to. You are beautiful.”
Scott ended her post encouraging her followers to speak kindly to themselves. “Start with ‘I am beautiful. I am capable. I am worthy of my goals & dreams.’ I am exactly where I need to be today. I can do this. I am loved. And I am so grateful for this body, my beating heart & my beautiful mind.”
When I’m not hanging out with my three-year-old and husband in Brooklyn, I’m busy writing stories for Mamas Uncut and managing PR + Marketing for Magnolia Bakery, based in New York City. On weekends, you can usually find me at a local park or playground pushing my daughter on the swings, “researching” the best almond croissants in Park Slope or launching into impromptu family dance parties at home, the sidewalk or, every once in awhile, a restaurant bathroom. I’m still trying to master the whole parenting thing, but I have learned that copious amounts of coffee, humor and humility are involved on a daily basis.
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