Episode 57: How To Deal With Postpartum Body Shame

March 13, 2019

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Episode Overview

There is a tremendous amount of pressure on women to bounce back after baby, and that can have a negative impact on new moms during an already stressful time. It doesn’t have to be that way! Jen, Annie and Lauren get together and brainstorm ways to fight the postpartum body blues, move past shame and into acceptance. Tune in and get practical advice, much needed perspective and renewed focus. Enjoy!

What you’ll hear in this episode

  • Changes in the portrayals of the postpartum experience
  • Media and cultural messaging around postpartum bodies and how they should look
  • Postpartum as a chapter in your life where your body looks different
  • The role of comparisons in body shame
  • Advertising messaging in pregnancy magazines
  • When women dread the obligation to lose weight postpartum
  • The impact of dieting stress on the body
  • The stress associated with having a newborn
  • The temporary nature of postpartum body feels
  • Timing of fat loss goals postpartum relative to other stressors
  • Achieving body neutrality postpartum
  • The constantly changing nature of our bodies
  • Practicing non-attachment to our body shape
  • The prevalence of postpartum body dissatisfaction and what you can do about it



Download a copy of this episode’s transcript here.


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