Pregnancy is a joyful yet complicated time in a woman’s life. I was never really keen on taking care of my body. I must admit I am one of those women who are blessed to have a proportioned body (thanks to good genes). I am not one who would worry about gaining weight and depriving myself to eat what I want. So it was definitely a breaking point in my life as a woman learning that my body has changed over the course of nine months, I gained a total of 40 lbs during my first pregnancy.
And because I was then a first time mom I panicked, suffered postpartum depression and felt very insecure. I succumb to the idea during the first few months after I gave birth mainly because I was too overwhelmed and exhausted taking care of Gabbie. Then one day after scanning through my old photos, I hardly recognized myself. I wonder, what the heck happened to me?! I suddenly felt my self-esteem shrinking as I sulk to the idea that my body is no longer in its prime and glory at 24 years old! A few months after I had an epiphany (epiphany talaga?!) that I was no longer the old me and that it’s time to accept change and do something about it.
I became eager to get back into shape. I was determined and I disciplined myself. It was hard, it was challenging and it was definitely not a walk in the park as it was not something that happened overnight. It involved a long process, a transition that requires patience and dedication; you can read my story on how I did it here.
So after a year of giving birth to Gabbie, I was healthier and was 5 lbs. away from my pre-pregnancy weight of 113 lbs. Yes that last 5 lbs. can really be hard to lose. While it is an excuse to look stressed and have that oh-you-just-give-birth-body for the first few months, I didn’t like it. I know what it feels like when people are unconsciously looking at you and making comments on how much you’ve gain after delivering your baby, I’ve been there and the feeling is very hurtful.
Now that I am again pregnant with my second child I am more confident that despite the postpartum pregnancy will bring I am more prepared to face them. I have toughen up, braver to face additional stretch marks, more saggy areas of my body, gravity in general pulling my boobs & butt more closer to the ground and the revelation of my body as it matures. I have also learned in the process that aging doesn’t happen only when you think you’re older (in your 30s or 40s even 50s) rather when something life changing happens to your body such as giving birth!
But I dread that things will be different. Way different. I’m afraid that my time in taking care of a toddler, a new born, managing our household and of course blogging, I wouldn’t be able to squeeze in some time to bring my sexy back. I am betting my body will age twice by the time I give birth this August.
I know I needed something to help me make the transition to achieve a beautiful post-preggy body and only one thing comes to my mind: PERFECT UNDERGARMENTS.
Intimate apparel is one of the things I think most women neglect to prioritize or even consider spending on mainly because the thought that its hidden means it’s safe to just wear anything (yes I was one of those women). Sadly its not, knowing what kind of intimate apparel that works best for your body is something every woman should consider and owning a number of basic pairs should be mandatory.
I’m sharing with you all a video of how to wear the right bra. You can learn more about it here.
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If I had known sooner how to wear the right undergarments I bet my posture wouldn’t be this bad, I would’ve had more confidence back in my teenage years and would probably be a better dresser!
Now I’m searching online looking for the perfect undergarments that would help me flaunt my beautiful post-preggy body. As I do my research, I stumbled upon a few articles on how shapewear can help women feel good about themselves, can immediately change their attitude towards dressing up and exude confidence, as I’ve read them here and here.
I am currently obsessing on different kinds of shapewear from Wacoal, I actually have a few pieces on my mind already:
Girdles to help shrink down my post-preggy belly.
Seamless undergarments to hide my flaws.
Shapewear perfect when wearing a dress. You all know dress is my favorite clothing!
Shapewear to hide my flabby thighs, protruding belly, uplift my saggy breasts and buttocks.
All photos lifted from Wacoal Philippines’ Facebook.
I believe having a beautiful body starts from within figuratively (your attitude) and literally (perfect fitting undergarments).
I am hoping these Wacoal products will help my aging body achieve a good transition from post-preggy saggy feel to my rightfully deserved 20s beautiful body and when that happens, I can’t wait to show you the results! I hope I get a chance to buy all of these soon after I give birth. That’ll be the day I’ll be more than confident to flaunt my new baby and of course my post-baby beautiful body.
Do you share the same sentiments with me? Feel free to share, comment, tweet or like this post, I’d be happy to interact with you! 🙂
*this is my official entry to the Wacoal Bloggers contest*
Rone Valles Guerrero says
I find it hard to imagine you horribly over weight. I feel vindicated that even skinny girls get the post pregnancy flab. Hahaha. You’re gorgeous pregnant and if you managed to get back in shape with the first one I am sure you can do it again this time around.
Jackie Go says
I think nga it’s more difficult for us kasi knotting flab lang, we feel very different na. Especially with my line of work, looks talaga yun basis in order for me to get a job! 😐 Ooooh yes, hoping I do get back into shape the second time around. Thanks for the vote of confidence Rone! 😀
oh, you look gorgeous even when pregnant Miss Jackie! I can’t believe you still feel insecure. 🙂 I’m sure it will be easier for you this time 🙂
Jackie Go says
Awww thank you Issa for the words of encouragement! 🙂
Thanks for this post! I needed that boost of confidence to wear a clingy cocktail dress for a wedding next month. These Wacoal pieces will surely be helpful!
Jackie Go says
Yay! Glad to be your confidence booster! 🙂
Ma. Teresa Grech Q. Racal says
thanks for posting this… I believe you’re not over weight at all… really. aliw ako every time you post pics of you being pregnant wearing these cool clothes that shows your baby bump. I had my post partum as well with my 2 older daughters, probably because I was young then, But when I had my youngest Amaya, I guess ndi na masyado. When I was single, susme! ang payat ko, and most of my friends don’t like it… but when I became a mother, and they said BAGAY SA AKIN ANG MAY LAMAN. hahahaha! and now that my amaya is in kindergarten, I guess I owe myself to exercise more because I want to be fit for my kids, hubby and of course for my self as well.
Jackie Go says
Yes, support from the husband is very very crucial especially during pregnancy and even after. Kala ng iba nag-eemote lang tayo when it comes to PPS but the truth is that it’s too depressing and if we don’t get motivated, we could get stuck feeling depressed (parang Inception lang). More than wanting to have my pre-preggy body back, being healthy of course for my family is very important. We all owe ourselves to be beautiful, as a wife, as a mom and of course as a woman! Good luck on your journey to wellness Teresa! 🙂
Sofie Salvador says
Thank you for sharing such as informative blog entry 🙂 this will be helpful for me once I graced motherhood. The lingerie-junkie that I am, I might cheat a little on trying wacoal 😉 Perhaps, mas okay pa ito sa spanx that I am using during rampa moments! cheers!
Jackie Go says
No problem! Yes, try it you might just like Wacoal 😉