Erin Shetler: “i got my body back and it was awful”
[caption id="attachment_81379" align="aligncenter" width="560"] Courtesy Erin Shetler
Erin Shetler with her daughter, after she regained her "baby weight"... and her peace of mind.[/caption]Woman Loses Pregnancy Weight and Was Miserable
Erin Shetler had recently had her baby daughter, but the experience was traumatic. Giving birth to a child is a physically demanding experience without question. However, for Shetler, improper care and treatment by her OBGYN in addition to difficulty with her particular delivery left her emotionally scarred with postnatal post-traumatic stress disorder. She ended up losing 45 lbs which put her a weight lower than her pre-pregnancy weight.
While that amount of weight loss would make anyone, man or woman, happy, it had no such effect on her. This is because her weight loss did not occur because of proper diet and exercise which would promote good mental health. In her case, it was the result of not eating or properly caring for herself. She explains that during this time of seemingly great external looks, she was prone to lay on the floor feeling helpless.
Thankfully, a support group known as "Lifesaver Moms" was able to help her get through the depression and quite literally back on her feet. She is now enjoying motherhood and bonding with her child. However, she regained her pregnancy weight as a result of eating which was quite likely "comfort eating". This weight condition will eventually need to be dealt with for health reasons. While Mrs. Shetler says she would gladly gain another 40 lbs if that meant promoting the health of her baby, baby health and her physical weight are not linked. She may feel happy with her excess weight, but the same cannot be said of her kidneys, liver, heart, and arteries which obesity adversely affects.
i got my body back and it was awful