Via the Jezebel article on “How to Lose the Baby Weight in Just Three Lighting-Fast Years,” Michelangelo’s Night is also the figure of a woman who’s borne multiple children. I love that the postpartum body was at least at one time normalized and honored.
I’m loving the musings in this article titled "How to Lose The Baby Weight in Just Three Lightning-Fast Years" at Jezebel about the postpartum body and how our culture doesn’t know how to deal with it.
It is a strange state, indeed: neither pregnant, nor out of shape, but showing a visible history of pregnancy. In spite of weighing more and looking different, I was never healthier than when I was pregnant and just after, in large part to the dynamic shift in lifestyle toward eating well and moving more. But we don’t connect health to physical appeal per se, as any healthy person who isn’t thin can tell you. And when a body shows signs of use beyond the sexual or athletic, we don’t seem to know how to respond to it.
In fairness, it’s worth noting that all this is just as shocking to the woman it’s happening to. Pregnancy is an intense transformation, childbirth an even more intense act. The recovery time is complicated and multi-layered. And what we are left with is a body that has created a child and often nourished it for a period of time afterward too. It’s easy to be proud of the act, but we follow that nod with an intense effort toward eradicating all signs of it.
I’ve read several similar articles, but it’s always good for a reminder. Squat, squat to pee, throw in some Kegels for good measure. That’s my working theory.
Love this post on the Victoria’s Secret catalog vs. real-life mothers, particularly the part where she muses on which clothes are nursing-friendly, and then this:
I began imagining the catalog with real-life moms as models, something like a Victoria’s Secret meets The Shape of a Mother. In this imaginary catalog, stretch marks and green and purple veins radiate from the tops of push-up bras. Thighs are rippled rather than taut, just as nature intended. Calves resemble topographical maps with varicosities forming the contour lines. The exposed midriffs look deflated or doughy, depending on whether the model is contracting her transverse abdominals or not. Flesh yields to elastic waistbands. I know some of these models are moms, but I don’t understand how they’ve avoided stretch marks, cellulite, and that inelastic skin on their bellies that I thought was universal.
via (this is kind of convoluted) http://touchstonez.com/2011/12/06/in-response-to-gettin-nothin-but-stat-sick/ which was writing about http://imperfecthappiness.wordpress.com/2011/12/05/gettin-nothin-but-stat-sick/ which referenced this post. The follow-up http://imperfecthappiness.wordpress.com/2011/12/07/the-existential-importance-of-blog-stats-a-response-to-a-response/ is also worth a read.