It took me almost 365 days to just feel "normal," or, better yet, stable mentally and physically. Almost another year later and I'm finally feeling strong, lithe and sexy again -- in a whole new way, much different than before my pregnancy.
Having recently gained 35 pounds when pregnant with my second daughter, I was left with 20 to lose upon returning home from the hospital and a closet full of non-maternity clothing that didn't fit. It wasn't easy, but I lost it all in about two months -- no starving and no gimmicks.
My girlish figure is from another era when I didn't nurture and protect anyone but myself. I see people with their fragile, girlish hips and I think, "How do you rule the world with those hips? Is your love precious and fragile like your hips?"
I had just discovered I was pregnant with my first child. Most women in my shoes would be making lists of names, mentally designing the nursery or simply immersing themselves in baby bliss. I was reveling because I could finally eat whatever the hell I wanted.
With all the fuss over Beyonce's post-baby body, I'd like to take a moment to talk about my wife's post-pregnancy body. I understand that women spend years of anguish fighting and cursing that baby weight, but that is not necessarily what's on the husband's mind.
For any new mom who hasn't been blessed with a body that easily lets go of pregnancy pounds, bouncing back feels like a long, long road. Even the Biggest Loser's toughest trainer, Jillian Michaels recognizes that.