Getting Back Into My Jeans

The struggle is real. Nine months of growing, growing, growing, and a million changes inside and outside of your body. Then your precious baby arrives and your post-partum path begins.

My son is nine weeks old. He is an amazing addition to our family and has been an enormous blessing, especially in the midst of a very challenging year. We are so happy he is here. And I am so happy he’s out! Pregnancy is a miraculous thing, and I’m truly blessed to have relatively easy pregnancies and deliveries, but I am by no means one of those people who enjoys the weight gain, hormone surges, body aches, respiratory issues, sleeplessness, and heartburn. I don’t like being pregnant. There. I said it.

I do, however, adore my life as a mother. It’s all worth it to me, believe me. I just know myself and have come to realize just how much better of a mother (and wife) I am when I can function and feel “like myself” again. I’ve taken the designated time to heal and adjust to life with a newborn. And now I’m on the path to rebuilding my body and mind to feel like me. It’s important to my happiness and to being fulfilled in all the roles I hold in life. So, I’m starting with a few very simple and easily achievable goals.

  1. Walking almost every day. Stroller in hand, we go on a walk almost daily. Sometimes one mile, sometimes two. I had to build up to this, but I enjoy the fresh air and quiet meditation. And moving your body really does change your mind!
  2. Eating healthy. I don’t roll with diets per se, and I don’t live like I’m competing for a national title. But I do integrate a lot of vegetables into my meals and try to avoid complex carbohydrates here and there. For example, if I splurge for lunch, I avoid carbs for dinner. Everything in moderation. And nothing to eat after 7 pm.
  3. Gaining strength. Your body goes through so much when you’re pregnant. For me, I struggle with joint issues, which means I have to drastically reduce my exercise as I progress in pregnancy. In the post-partum weeks, I feel so weak and have no remaining stamina. (You should always consult your physician before jumping back into any exercise routine.) I start small. Really small. Five or ten minutes of a HIIT video (I found some on Amazon prime) or small weights to begin. Know your body and work to get your core strength back up slowly. I am not a physical trainer, but I know what works for me and am taking small steps to get my body back.
  4. Alone time. Just ten minutes a day. Almost every day, I retreat to my bathroom and give myself a few minutes of alone time. I turn on music or run a bubble bath and just zone out. No kids in tow, no one allowed in. My husband manages things for a few minutes so I can just unwind and soak up the silence. It’s not long, but it’s responsibility-free, and it does wonders!
  5. Celebrate small victories. This past weekend I got back into my favorite jeans. I was so proud of myself, and I allowed myself the simple joy of celebrating for a hot second. I am proud of my focus and how I’ve self-motivated in the sea of chaos that this summer/fall has brought.

I have a long way to go, with my body and my mind, but I’m getting there one day at a time. This sidewalk inspiration “You got this” made me smile today on my morning walk. It’s what I needed. What things do you do for yourself to find your peace and create an environment for your best self to flourish?

Rachel Harris Ledet
A New Orleans native and entrepreneur, Rachel is a mom of four with an active schedule. Rachel maintains a daily balance of running her own marketing firm, 30|90 Marketing, managing her kids’ schedules, and maintaining extracurriculars including coaching dance, volunteering, and occasionally teaching courses. Rachel lives in Mandeville with her best friend and husband Lenny, daughters Addison and Amelia, stepson Luke, and son Tucker. With a family of six and a million balls in the air, Rachel keeps things light by continuously learning, spending time with amazing friends, blogging, finding any route to a concert or outdoor festival, and planning her next getaway with her husband. A sense of humor can get you through almost anything, so she tends to surround herself with fabulous and very funny people.


  1. Great article. I love how there is no sugar-coating the miseries of pregnancy but focuses on the enjoyment of a new little family addition. Family. In this crazy world, it’s all about our inner happiness and family is just SO important.


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