recovery and changes

I’m 7 weeks postpartum. And slightly depressed.

I can fit into a few pairs of my pregnancy sweat pants, a pair of sweat pant shorts that have always been too big and one pair of size 8 jeans I picked up at the thrift store. How am I going to be able to go back to work when I, literally, have nothing to wear? I can fit into about 5 oversized t-shirts and just a few pregnancy tops. I did not expect that I wouldn’t be able to fit into any of my pre-pregnancy clothes, especially tops. Part of the problem is the increased size of my chest, but the other part is finding tops that allow for easy breastfeeding access. Most of mine don’t and are too tight anyway.
We took a nice high powered walk yesterday- how many more of those before the inches start to come off my thighs?

Gah! I am so frustrated! I hate having nothing to wear. It does nothing for my somewhat eroded self confidence.

“blogging is bitching”

  1. Cristin’s avatar

    Awww, boo. I have several stretchy skirts you can borrow. I never wear them. We should get you some tank tops and shrugs for over them. Target has that sort of thing on sale. I feel like you can continue to use that after you’ve had several more walks;) I love you and think you’re beautiful.

  2. Monica’s avatar

    I feel for you. It’s a weird transition period. Getting a couple of pieces for this odd time is OK. I think it’s just part of the journey.

  3. ally’s avatar

    Beautiful Q. I love you.

  4. mfa’s avatar

    while it’s not quite the same, i feel partly what you’re going thru. i weigh more now than you did during your pregnancy (if that makes you feel any better), and having just started a new job, i know what it’s like to have nothing to wear to go back to work. i second the “stretchy skirt” suggestion, as they’re very forgiving of weight fluxuations and also very comfy for summer (but maybe not quite great for crawling under desks). also, i recommend going and buying a few pairs of pants and tops that fit your “for now” body. i didn’t want to buy new clothes for the way i look now because i really do want to lose some weight, but honestly having some clothes that fit properly has made me feel much better about getting dressed for work in the morning. you don’t have to spend a bunch of money, target, tj maxx, ross, etc have great deals and i found the department stores are practically giving away their merchandise (i got a pair of pants for $1.98). But seriously, buy a pair of black pants that fits (don’t look at the size number, cut it out when you get home if you want) you can wear them every other day if you want and no one will be the wiser.
    and also, you are so beautiful! and i love you!

  5. stew’s avatar

    How did I miss this entry?

    I wish I knew some kind of magic trick for having no clothes that fit, but I’m basically in the same place! I find I have major weight swings for no apparent reason, and I must have lost some weight recently, because my pants fall down.

    For what it’s worth, I probably have some clothes in the large pile of “things that fit me 30 lbs ago but don’t now” that might work for you. Seconding the black pants recommendation, and heads up that the Goodwill on Hargett St. has a ton of new things from Target for like $3.39 per.

    That said, I sincerely hope you know that you are VERY beautiful, in the ways that show on the surface AND what you find when you dig deeper.

    Now, I’m going to go have a beer. You do the same!
    xxoo Stew