A woman and her body – It’s a complicated relationship. Housing and birthing a baby tends to complicate things further. On one hand, it’s impossible to walk away from the experience without thinking that your body is a powerhouse of strength and endurance; on the other hand, it’s difficult to ignore the fact that things have changed.

Organs and bones and skin have all had to squish or move or stretch to accommodate the growing life in your belly and once that life is earthside, those things can take a while to go back to their original form – sometimes those things never end up making their way back home… but that’s a whole other blog post.

This post is for my fellow inbetweeners. The baby’s out and body’s a bit “off”. I’m no expert… but I HAVE been in through this twice in the past 2 years and there are a few things that I know now about the relationship I have with my postpartum body – the most important of which is this:

I’ve learned that I don’t mind the softness. Every part of me looks a little more comfortable to lay on than it was before. It’s like nature makes you more cushion-like in order to for you to properly fulfill your new role as a human mattress.

I’ve personally come to recognize that my postpartum bod is pretty beautiful and I actually feel really good about it – especially when I clothe it properly (once a fashion gal, always a fashion gal)…

This is an excerpt from the article TREAT YO POSTARTUM SELF which originally appeared on The Rebel Mama.