I’m going to preface this blog by first saying:
Now we have got that out of the way, let’s talk about that! You have grown a person. A whole, tiny little human. This has caused your body to change. Yes, you may have more weight on your body than you would like, but you have changed. Your pelvis and your posture are all completely different than you are used to, and this takes time to work on. So, if you are here looking to get your groove back after a baby, to fit into your clothes once more, be kind to yourself. You have performed miracles, Mama.
That said, it doesn't mean that “Mama” is all you are. You may be looking forward to getting out on the town with your friends. Perhaps you and your partner want to go on a date and toast to being parents at last. You deserve to feel as beautiful as you are right now, newborn or not. So, you don't fit into your waspish-waisted jeans? That’s okay! There are plenty of plus size online boutiques who can cater to your post-baby shape out there. This means you can feel beautiful, look beautiful and regain some of that confidence you may have lost now you’re a new mother.
Girl, you need to give yourself some confidence, and below, we’ve put together some of our favorite tips to help you to regain some of the “you” that you were before you also gained the “Mama” label.
- Take a little time to get used to how you look. Stand in the mirror and smile that your stomach held and grew your baby. Smile at the extra weight knowing you were a human incubator who birthed a baby – you deserve a medal!
- Have a goal in mind when you look for clothes. You want things that fit – no matter what the labels say. So, find the clothes you love for your date and wear them with pride.
- Fake it if you must. You may not feel particularly confident, but you should absolutely fake it. The more you fake it, the better it’ll feel and eventually it won’t be fake anymore.
- Get to know what’s changed about your body. It can help to read about what hormones are ricocheting around, and what breastmilk does to the boobs. It can also help to read about how most things go back to normal after the first year.
- Put on a face or get your hair done. A little pampering goes a long way, but if you can’t get out to the salon to get something primped or preened, then do it at home! It’s so much easier to breastfeed with a hair mask on at home! Pop your feet in a foot spa and do a home pedicure. Ideally, get out to the beauty salon, but it isn't always possible early on!
There’s going to be a day soon enough where you will wonder why you worried so much – it’ll come, Mama, it’ll come.
Newly middle-aged wife of 1, Mom of 3, Grandma of 2. A professional blogger who has lived in 3 places since losing her home to a house fire in October 2018 with her husband. Becky appreciates being self-employed which has allowed her to work from 'anywhere'. Life is better when you can laugh. As you can tell by her Facebook page where she keeps the humor memes going daily. Becky looks forward to the upcoming new year. It will be fun to see what 2020 holds.