I was going to post this on instagram because I felt inspired by someone I follow who posted her own after-five-babies-belly, but this is my home, not instagram. Anyway, it felt too performative, as instagram does.
I hope I’m pretty real about my body, etc., on a regular basis, but just in case, here is what it looks like now, without an oversized dress hiding everything. I won’t post before and afters because that is moot, and anyway, you can look those up LOL.
In spite of my pain, I always feel so much better when I ride the Peloton or do an streaming Pure Barre class, so today I did a HIIT ride during Hawk’s morning nap. This is the pre-ride picture. I was too hot and tired to take an after-ride picture. It kicked my butt, and I couldn’t even keep up, but as they say, at least I showed up.
And thank you to everyone who left a comment on Monday’s post; I hate that so many of us have dealt with postpartum pain, but I am grateful to feel less alone in mine today.
I want healthcare to be different in this country. Among other things, women should receive more postpartum care than just a six-week visit which, let’s be honest, is mostly to clear you for sex. **eyeroll** I had to get a referral from either my primary care or ob/gyn for physical therapy and neither one thought to refer me to an actual pelvic floor specialist. Anyway, it turns out that such physical therapy isn’t covered by my insurance, so even if the pandemic hadn’t started I wouldn’t have been able to go to many sessions at $300 each. I did go to two, but even those felt “indulgent.” I don’t want it to be that way.
Of course, we should all vote, and then make our voices heard to the politicians who are supposed to be working on our behalf, but other than that, I think sharing our experiences with other women, and as many other people as possible is a good way to start. Also the medical establishment has to step up and take better care of women, especially Black women.
End rant. For now.
Apparently a 3x a week posting schedule is what is working best for me now; even when I try and post everyday I get derailed and have to write in parts haha, so I’ll see you Friday?
I hope you are all well. Thank you so much for being here.