Brynne Elizabeth DeNeen (35), Fenna (4) and Marley (1)
Detroit, MI. Photographed in Madison, WI
Brynne shares -
"I'm less concerned about a "pooch" and more willing to embrace the way that I look as a Mom.
As with pregnancy, I've been lucky with deliveries and recoveries at a base level. My struggle has been getting back into shape after having a baby. I like to run and play ultimate frisbee and it's been a long road of injuries and physical therapy to get to a point where I can do both of those things without a lot of pain. I still struggle with sacroiliacpain on a fairly regular basis. Sex without pain has also been a struggle. I was less tolerant after the second baby so I sought help earlier the second time around and that has helped but it's disappointing to feel like I'll never get back to where I used to be and have to accept this new "normal."
I hope others speak up and share the good and bad of their experiences. Before my first, I felt everyone was so positive after having a baby but the first year of my first daughter's life was so, so hard. The pain and recovery, the sleepless nights, the strain it put on my marriage. I know nothing can ever prepare you but I felt like people were afraid to share the struggles (apart from the lack of sleep). Don't be scared to talk about "taboo" topics and do what works best for you and your family.
I love the inclusivity and positive message behind the movement. I want to embrace and remember this moment of life while my kids are little and I'm finding my new self."