Michelle Bridges proudly shows off her beautiful baby bump (Image from smh.com.au)
From stretch marks to leaky boobs to a few extra pounds on the scale, the “post-baby body” is undoubtedly an issue that crosses many expecting mothers’ minds.
Michelle Bridges, trainer on Australia’s The Biggest Loser, did something pretty important for postpartum body image when making a rare appearance on Channel 10’s The Project last month.
When asked about how her fitness routine fit into her new phase of life, Bridges made it clear where her priorities laid and that was with simply enjoying her time as a new mother with her child. Rejecting the strain women feel to get fit after giving birth, Bridges stated, “I’m pretty clear cut about that. I don’t accept the pressure…I get it that it’s around and some women do feel that pressure, but I’m also just looking forward to spending time with my baby.”
“My fitness will come, this is a different chapter in my life right now and I’m relishing it…I’ll get back into training in my own time and at my own pace.”
What Michelle Bridges has stated about doing things at her own pace and time is important. Through all the societal pressure on mothers to return to their pre-pregnancy weights after delivering, it’s easy to forget that their bodies belong to themselves and no one else.
And what their bodies are doing is something amazing – creating life. And after that, their bodies are feeding and nursing and nurturing that life for years. In comparison, it’s difficult to see how not being able to button that one last button would even matter.