Becoming a mom is one of life’s most exciting adventures. However, it can often be incredibly overwhelming. Your body goes through so many changes during pregnancy that it becomes almost unrecognizable. Some women think that once they give birth, their bodies will magically go back to how they were before they were pregnant. Unfortunately, this is not the case. The postpartum body can be covered with stretch marks, hanging skin, and extra weight. whatever you think your “flaws” are, just remember that body confidence is essential.
For many, the postpartum body feels awkward, unsexy, and undeserving of love. It doesn’t help that celebrity magazines are rife with articles about models and actresses whose bodies magically bounced back after they gave birth. All told, poor body image after having a baby is common and can be mentally taxing as well. In order to help all of you suffering from poor body confidence after having a baby, we have compiled some advice to help you feel better about yourself.
Get Plenty Of Rest
This may sound absolutely impossible with a new baby, but it is imperative to try to get some rest as much as possible. When your baby naps, you should nap. Take advantage of any moment you can to rest. Make sure you are sharing baby duties with your partner in order to take some time to close your eyes for even just a few minutes.
Find Time To Exercise
Exercising is not only physically beneficial but also emotionally beneficial. Take your time when getting back into a fitness routine. Start off by just trying to get your 10,000 steps in by taking a walk outside. Even better, you can bring your little one with you in their carriage. Little by little you can increase the intensity of your workouts. But don’t delve into an intense fitness routine immediately after birth. Your body has changed quite a lot over the last nine months and you don’t want to hurt yourself. If you have any questions about starting a fitness or diet program after birth, do not hesitate to talk to your doctor.
Invest In Your Style
Your pre-baby clothes most likely don’t fit anymore so invest in some new duds that flatter your new-baby-bod. Focus on your best assets! Your breasts have probably become fuller after giving birth, so go on ahead and get a sexy yet comfortable new bra. Feeling like your abs are not as taut as they used to be? Get some high wasted jeans to pull in that tummy. Jewelry and make-up can also help to highlight your best features and make you feel a bit more yourself.
Remember To Take “Me-Time”
It may seem self-indulgent, but taking time out for yourself can really make you feel better, and thus better able to take care of your family. There is nothing wrong with taking some time to go out and get your nails done or treat yourself to a massage. No worries if you can’t afford the time or money to get out of the house; there are myriad ways to get your self-care in at home. Having an indulgent bubble bath after a long day, practicing mindfulness for a few minutes each day, and even taking up a new hobby are wonderful ways to care for yourself.
Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself
It is so easy to look in the mirror with a critical eye and only see flaws. But do your best to focus on what you like about yourself. This doesn’t have to always be physical either! Remember your inner beauty be proud of the fact you carried a developing human for nine months. You are an amazing individual both inside and out!
It is completely normal to have lower self-confidence after having a baby, but know that it is possible to get your body confidence back! Make sure to take time for yourself and ask others for help when you need it. A trusted family member or friend can make so much of a difference when you are feeling down about yourself. Be kind to yourself and know that being comfortable with your new body, and perhaps a new self, will be a marathon, not a sprint. We hope that the tips above can help you along the way. If you have any tips for regaining body confidence after having a baby, tell us in the comments!