Mom Bod

Flabby. Fluffy. Soft. Cushion. I don’t care how you describe it to make me feel better (or worse) but lawd it needs to change and fast. Yes I just grew a human in there. Yes I lost all my prego weight in 2 weeks. I do not like what I see. But I especially do not like not being able to do anything about it.

C section recovery is about 6-8 weeks. During this time, unnecessary use of my abs should be kept to a minimum. No lifting, twisting, or any physical exertion of any kind really. I can not even attempt to tone my arms without engaging my core. So I sit and nurse and eat. I walk around thinking this may help but my lack of sleep hurts far worse than my wounds at this point. So in true “me” fashion, I control what I can and hope to be blessed with 3 more weeks of patience.

After doing some research, I have found a pretty solid way to determine how many calories I actually burn while feeding my little miss. I also know that i need a minimum of 1200 calories daily. So i watch what I eat and try to get the most bang out of my food choices. However, additional research shows that when one is sleep deprived, it makes you want to eat more; and not only that, but it makes you crave junk food of immediate fuel. FML. I can make it to dinner within my daily caloric goal, but bedtime snacks destroy me.

Then there are the body creams to help tighten loose skin. Yes, I have done these in the past along with a strict diet and exercise and have seen crazy amazing results. But I am here today to be honest and tell you that a good 2-3 inches of my waist can be attributed to pizza and pepsi alone. As much as I would like to think that my 7 lb child left me in this condition, I know deep down it was donuts. It is truly a medical miracle I did not develop gestational diabetes. I told the midwife that I ate an orange nearly everyday and was told that was too much sugar. Laughable.

I know there is no magic pill that is healthy and safe for me while nursing to take these inches off. I know that honing in my nutrition will help but I really need to focus on maintaining my health and not be too hard when I do require immediate fuel in the form of a cookie or marshmallows or both.. microwaved and sandwiched together .

3 more weeks of waiting. I can do this.


Dacia Arnold is an author that struggles to find a balance of work, motherhood, marriage, writing, and the occasional craft. Her first full length novel, Apparent Power, is in the works to be released December 2018. Dacia served 10 years in the U.S. Army as a combat medic and deployed twice to Iraq and often incorporates these experiences into her writings both fiction and non-fiction. She currently lives in Denver, Co with her husband, two children, and a fat beagle named Watson.

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