When I found out that I was expecting my first child, it was one of the most amazing and seemingly magical times in my life. Watching my tummy grow each month as my little girl grew bigger and bigger. It was an experience that while at times challenging, (especially the first 13 weeks with constant nausea) I enjoyed and cherished the idea that I was carrying a new life inside of me. I was in constant amazement that soon, I would become a mother. Me, a mom! I thought about this a lot! Becoming a mother for the first time is nothing anyone can truly prepare for. We become pregnant, realize that we have no idea what we are in for, and are shortly thereafter, thrust into parenthood. As a first time parent, I had to learn much about how to be a parent on my own. Having lost my own mother back in 2001, I wasn’t able to ask her what it was like to go through a pregnancy, give birth, and become a mom. But it was happening to me, and I couldn’t have been more excited!
When I became a parent for the first time, I was overjoyed. Being a mom has been the most rewarding experience of my life. But, aside from the joys of becoming a parent, I am hoping to share with you today something about becoming a new mother that I wasn’t prepared for. As I recovered physically following the birth of my daughter, I became frustrated that my hips had become two inches wider than they were before pregnancy. My hips felt very loose and uncomfortable for quite a while. As an Olympic athlete, I knew what it would take to get back in shape, and I was able to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight and got back to a high level of fitness within six months after delivery. However, when it became apparent that my hips weren’t getting any smaller, I was pretty devastated. In fact, I threw out my entire wardrobe of slacks and jeans that I felt I would never fit into again.
I had heard many other moms throughout my life say that your body changes when you have kids, that it is a fact of life, and you should just accept it. But what if you could help prevent some of these unwelcome changes?
Soon after my second child was born, I began doing research into hip instability following childbirth, and the possibility of getting my hip bones back to their pre-pregnancy position. I learned about pregnancy hormones including relaxin and progesterone, and how these hormones were responsible for loosening ligaments and joints in the pelvic girdle which help allow for the birth of the baby. As I learned more about pregnancy hormones, and the roles and effects on a woman’s body during pregnancy, I learned that these hormones remain at elevated levels postpartum for several months. I realized that there was a “window of opportunity” after having a baby when it is possible to correct widened hips. Not finding any products available that I was happy with, I set out to design a totally new kind of postpartum garment to support all of the areas that undergo change during pregnancy and birth. I wanted to create a garment that would hold up to constant wear, feel comfortable, evenly compress the abdomen and hips, and most importantly, help new moms get back their pre-pregnancy shape!
Moms are now using my new postpartum garment lovingly called MommyHips! It is my hope that using this garment will become a new standard in postpartum recovery! The response I am receiving from users has been amazing. Moms are loving the support given to their abdomen, back and hips, and they are excited to see their stomach and hips shrink back to pre-pregnancy size!
For more information and testimonials, please visit my website www.mommyhips.com.