That I should do everything in my power to get "my body back."
Let me tell you something: my body never left.
My body is the miraculous, shapeshifting form of a woman. Always has been, always will be.
My body is still mine. It was mine in the fatigue and nausea of the first trimester. It was mine in the proud swelling and high energy of the second trimester. It was mine in the heartburn and stretch marks and exhaustion of the last few weeks.
My body built a baby. And then my body did humankind's hardest work to bring that baby into the world.
I don't want my pre-baby body "back." I bear the marks of a woman who has been on a journey, an adventure.
I'll keep this body, with its aches and scars. I've earned this body doing my life's work.
My body and I are good friends. If I listen, it tells me just what it needs. Rest. Water. Good food. Walks outside, a little longer every day. The embrace of my loved ones. Laughter.
My body is strong, capable. I will carry it with pride, because it is a great gift, and through its mysterious, miraculous transforming I have received the most precious gifts of my life: my beautiful daughters.