Are you struggling to accept and embrace your new post-baby body? If so, you definitely aren’t alone!
These days, women are placed under a lot of pressure to constantly look their best. You’d think after just giving birth you’d be entitled to take a little time out and simply enjoy being a new mom. However, thanks to media coverage of hot celebrity moms stepping out just weeks after having their baby looking EXACTLY the same way they did before baby arrived, there is a pressure placed onto women to regain their pre-baby figure.
The trouble is, the reason these celebrities are pictured looking fantastic soon after the birth is because they have a team of experts around them. They have nannies, make-up artists, nutritionists and personal trainers. Many also choose to have cosmetic surgery right after giving birth (though some will never admit it!). They’re paid a lot to look a certain way and they’re blessed with both the time and the money to be able to focus on getting their pre-baby body back.
The average mom doesn’t have any of this so those first few months of parenthood are commonly spent feeling exhausted, run down and extremely stressed out! When you add the pressure to look good on top of all of the other responsibilities you have, it’s unsurprising you can end up feeling overwhelmed and hating your new body (even when you shouldn’t!)
If you’re struggling to accept your new look, below you’ll discover 10 ways to feel better about your post baby body right now.
1. Bring Out The Bronzer
A simple yet very effective tip to make you look and feel better is to bring out the bronzer. Applying a bit of bronze over the arms can apparently make them appear up to a massive 10 pounds lighter! It can also really help you to make the face look much more defined, just like contouring does.
Now, you don’t need to go mad with a powder bronzer here. Tinted lotion works just as well and it’s also much easier to apply. The extra glow it gives you will make you feel healthier as well as more attractive so if you’re looking for an instant confidence boost, bronzer is definitely worth a try!
2. Adjust Your Diet
One of the hardest things new moms struggle with is finding the time to eat a healthy, balanced diet. The first few months especially, tend to be a bit of a blur with many moms finding it difficult to find the time to shower, let alone cook healthy, nutritious meals. However, if you’re constantly reaching for fast, junk foods, you’re not only going to struggle to lose the weight, but you’ll also feel terrible.
By adjusting your diet to include healthy, wholesome foods, you’ll have more energy, your skin will glow and you’ll feel much happier about your body. While dietary changes alone won’t help you to shift the baby weight, they will prevent you gaining any more weight and help you feel more energized to work out.
3. Try Out Quick Hair Fixes
OK, so it’s not going to make you feel better about your body, but every woman knows the importance of a good hair day! So, on the days where you do feel miserable, try out a quick hair fix and you’ll instantly feel better.
There’s lots of ways you can make your hair look good even when you’re pushed for time. Washing it in the evening will save you time in the morning that can be spent straightening or curling the hair. Salt-spray can be used to instantly boost bed hair, while a ring or doughnut can be really handy for creating a quick up-do if you have longer hair.
4. Invest in Clothing Which Actually Fits
Are you still wearing your maternity clothes? If so, it’s time to invest in some new clothes which actually fit! Now, that’s not to say you can’t buy loose fitting clothing. In fact, it’s advisable you do wear something loose and comfortable. However, maternity clothes tend to be a little too big.
This isn’t going to make you feel good about your post-baby body so throw them out and buy clothes which fit better than your huge maternity ones! While every woman looks good in different types of clothing, there’s a few universal pieces you can invest in. Wrap dresses, button-down shirts and jeans which fit a little below you’re natural waistline are all great choices.
5. Make Sure You’re Wearing Comfortable Shoes
Heels may make you feel sexier, but in the early days of motherhood they’re not going to be very practical! Wearing comfortable, supportive shoes may not be sexy, but it can still make you feel good. Stick them on even when you’re just in the house and you’ll be surprised just how much you can get done.
There’s just something about wearing sneakers around the house which makes you feel more in control. It can motivate you to get the chores done and complete tasks much quicker. So how does this make you feel better about your body? Well, as you’re moving faster around the home, you’re getting a little cardio workout done. So, you’ll feel better both physically and mentally.
6. Have A Mini Make-Up Station For Quick Top-Ups
One of the main changes new moms find difficult to cope with is the lack of time to do their make-up the way they used to. It’s great for the first few months, and even a little liberating not worrying too much about how you look. However, if you used to wear a lot of cosmetics before you had your baby, one day you’re going to look into the mirror and not recognize yourself.
Some moms have come up with a great solution to this problem – a mini make-up station. All you need is a mirror and a few basic pieces of make-up such as mascara, lip gloss and powder. Place the mini station in the most used room of the house, such as the kitchen. Then, while you’re there spend literally a couple of minutes applying your basics and you’ll be amazed how much better about yourself you feel.
You might not have time to do a full makeover, but just a couple of minutes is all you need to look and feel a million times different.
7. Gradually Introduce Exercise Back Into Your Life
Exercise is by far the most effective way to regain your pre-baby body. However, you need to see it as more of a marathon than a sprint. Trying to get back into hour-long workouts can be daunting, and let’s face it, highly unrealistic! So, start by making small changes to your routine.
Start out by stretching and walking. You’ll need to wait for your doctor to clear you before you do more strenuous exercises. Once you have been given the all-clear, you can then start to increase the amount of activity you do. It could be a good idea to enroll in a post-baby workout which many gyms offer these days.
8. Consider Wearing Black
It may seem a little dull, but black clothing can be a godsend for new moms. It’s slimming, which is a compelling benefit in itself, and it’s also great at hiding stains. Provided spills are wiped up quickly, those inevitable stains which come frequently with parenthood, won’t be as much of an embarrassment.
You’ll also feel a lot more confident, modern and even a little edgy. Ultimately however, you should wear whatever you feel comfortable in. Let go of the rules and dress to make yourself feel good.
9. Set Yourself “Feel Good” Goals
Losing the baby weight can take a long time. Its estimated women should give it nine to twelve months after giving birth to expect to regain their pre-baby body. However, the time it takes can leave you feeling demotivated and even more depressed about your new body. So, setting yourself small, achievable goals is a great way to combat the issue.
Instead of setting yourself a main weight loss goal such as to lose all of the baby weight you’ve gained, set yourself a goal to lose a few pounds. This is much easier to achieve and when you tick it off, you can set another small goal. These smaller goals help to keep you motivated and show you that you are making progress. This alone can make you feel a lot better about yourself.
You can also use it to set other feel good goals such as paint your nails, have a haircut and enjoy a nice relaxing bath.
10. Turn Your Negative Thoughts Into Positive Ones
This is perhaps the most important tip on the list. While it’s understandable you may hate your current body due to feeling like you don’t measure up to today’s beauty standards, if you focus on that you’ll actually miss out on the positives your new body brings.
Learn to appreciate your new curvier figure and also appreciate what your body has achieved. It carried another human in there and helped you to bring your beautiful baby into the world. It’s bound to look different and that’s not a bad thing! So, go easier on yourself and try not to get too caught up in how you wish your body looked. Every time you think something negative, turn it into a positive body image statement.
Overall, it can be difficult adjusting to the changes in your body but the tips above can really help. Above all else, remember – your baby doesn’t stay little for long. You have years to focus on your appearance and to achieve the body you want. Don’t waste those precious early months with your baby consumed with how you look.