The first 16 weeks of my pregnancy were spent on an IV because I couldn’t keep any food down. At the time, my doctor said not to worry because the baby would get the nutrients she needed one way or another, even if she had to suck them out of my bones and teeth.”Babies are pretty good parasites,” he laughed.
That little analogy didn’t seem so funny yesterday when I sat in the dentist chair to get my seventh post-baby cavity filled. As I lay there feeling my face go numb, I could only think one thing: “I want my body back.”
Sure, when you get pregnant you expect to pack on a few pounds and get a few stretch marks. But what I didn’t expect was all the random casualties, like my hair that started falling out and turned about two shades darker. Then there was the cavities, the wide hips and the fact that I now groan like an 80-year-old when I get out of the bed in the morning.
A friend of mine recently commented that I finally looked like I had gotten back to my “normal body.” Ha. If only she could see the muffin top that just won’t quit that often has me unbuttoning my pants at restaurants.
Most of the “expert” pregnancy books say to be patient because it takes a good year to get your body back. Well, the scale may say I’m back to pre-baby form, but I’m not sure I’ll ever have MY body back again.
Do you think we can ever really get back our pre-baby bodies?