The last of a three part series exploring a very simple question, "are you pregnant?" which was asked of me several times in the last few months and why a question like this is so harmful. If you didn't catch part 1 or part 2, go back and check them out. This las section will layer on some of what I discussed in part 2 about the postpartum body. The postpartum body is just that, its our body after baby, not our body before baby and assuming folks should be able to get back there is a disservice to every ne parent out there...
Part two of my analysis of the question "are you pregnant" that has come my way in the last few weeks and has made me really sit down and unpack this statement. Outside of my own wrestling with body image postpartum, these encounters have really stayed with my lately. I felt it was important to sit down with them and really give them my attention to understand why they were brining up such strong feelings for me. Here's part 2 of 3 of that exploration (if you missed part 1, check it out here)...
Over the course of the last several months I have had several students ask me if I'm pregnant. Being a yoga teacher, I'm often "on display" in front of students. I'm moving, sometimes wearing tight yoga clothes and my focus is on teaching not on what my body looks like. That being said I am NOT pregnant, I am two years postpartum and while it comes from a place of curiosity and interest I have several problems with this question. Here is my first issue (part 1 of 3):
Wisdom and insight with a dash of humor to help guide you on your journey through motherhood.