Juggling self-care after pregnancy with a newborn is no easy feat. It’s even harder when today’s social media culture sets unrealistic expectations for new mothers to “bounce back” physically, and juggle their families and their careers with a smile on their face. If you’re struggling with postpartum body image, know you’re not alone! Today’s special guest is one of Chrystal Rose’s coaches, Danielle Gallant, who is a mom of four, a part-time nurse, a Crossfit Level 1 Trainer, and Precision Nutrition certified. She is passionate about helping people make themselves a priority again and, in today’s episode, Dani explains that none of us can predict how our bodies will react to pregnancy, no matter how fit we are going in, so the most important thing is to give ourselves grace. She also shares her experiences with the pressure of “bouncing back,” dealing with postpartum depression, learning to love and accept her postpartum body, and juggling career and family, as well as the importance of prioritizing herself, and taking time for self-care. Tune in to find out more!
Key Points From This Episode:
- No matter how fit you are going into a pregnancy, you can’t predict how your body will react.
- Wherever you are in your fitness journey, you may or may not track during pregnancy.
- Don’t treat your body like a business card when you’re in the fitness and nutrition industry.
- The pressures on social media to “bounce back” postpartum, but everyone’s body is different.
- Danielle’s second pregnancy was the hardest of the four – you never know what to expect.
- Our bodies encourage us to eat but, as humans, we tend to go overboard and overeat.
- The most difficult part of Danielle’s postpartum journey has been dealing with body image.
- Being open about body image struggles and talking about it helps other feel less alone.
- Love where you’re at, but you’re entitled to change and improve yourself.
- There are extremes either way – diet culture is extreme, but anti-diet culture is extreme too.
- Danielle’s personal experience with postpartum depression, anxiety, and exhaustion.
- So many women are caught between career and family – Dani says find something that works for you.
- Danielle’s advice for women going through their postpartum journey – prioritize yourself!
- You can delegate and share tasks with your partner in order to make time for self-care.
- Women are expected to do more now than ever – things are different! Be kind to yourself.
“People don’t come to you to work with you because of what your body necessarily looks like, they come to your to work with you because of your philosophies and your knowledge, and everything else.” — Danielle Gallant [0:07:17]
“The more open we are about [postpartum body image], the easier it is to deal with because, no matter what, it is so hard. You get this baby out of it, and especially people who have been struggling to try and have baby, then you have this guilt aspect to it too, because they are like, “Man, I wanted this so bad, and now I’m unhappy because I don’t like what I see in the mirror.” — Danielle Gallant [0:13:03]
“So many of us women are caught in a terrible place between our careers and our family. Find something that works for you. It’s out there. It may not be comfortable, and it may require some changes and everything else, but for my family and for my mental health, having kids, and everything at that point in time, I had to switch and find something that worked better.” — Danielle Gallant [0:27:18]
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