Feeling Body Confident Post-Baby
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If there is one thing most women know, it’s that childbirth changes everything. It’s not just the way that you think or the way that you feel, it’s your daily routines, the future you envision you would have in your career, but also your body. When you conceive and grow a child, your body changes irreversibly. Sure, you’re going to see people snap straight back just like the celebrities do with their multiple personal trainers and personal chefs to help them get it right, but that’s not usually the case for normal folks.
As a normal person who is just living her best life, you’re going to see that it takes way more than just breastfeeding or having the baby to get your body feeling the way you did before you were pregnant. The truth is, your body is never going to feel the way that you did before you had a baby because you’ve had a baby! You might be envisioning the need for labiaplasty or boob jobs, or tummy tucks and Botox. The changes ravaged across your body right now are the result of creating life. And you can do whatever changes you would like to do to feel as confident as you need to. Below, we’ve got some tips to help you to feel body confident post-baby.
Be as active as your body allows.
Childbirth doesn’t just make your body look different, your body will feel different. It’s going to take some time to get back in the gym or go back to running that makes you feel good again. The baby is going to keep you up at night, you might be breastfeeding and feeling the effects of doing that. You might have had a C-section, or you might have torn during childbirth.
There are so many different avenues that your body can take when you’ve had a child that you can’t possibly plan for this until you’re there and you are holding your baby in your arms. If all your body can do is go for a long walk pushing the pushchair, do that.
Pay attention to your boobs.
We don’t mean sitting in front of the mirror and giving it some verbal love, but your boobs are going to be changed completely after you have a child. If you’re planning on breastfeeding, you’re going to need to give them a little love and attention compared to the way you did before you had children.
There are some issues such as mastitis and swelling that can affect your boobs, but if you’re looking after them with the right massage, lotions, and even nipple cream to help any chafing or rubbing, then you will be doing yourself a favor. Don’t forget to hire a lactation consultant so that you don’t have any issues with things like tongue-tie.
Dress for yourself.
It doesn’t matter what you look like post-birth, you need to dress your body in a way that feels comfortable and makes you feel good. If you love to wear leggings and a long T-shirt that’s easily accessible for breastfeeding, do that and feel great. Remember mama, your body has just given birth to a brand-new life that you are going to look after. Give yourself a break.
*This article is based on personal suggestions and/or experiences and is for informational purposes only. This should not be used as professional advice. Please consult a professional where applicable.