GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) — After going through 9 months of carrying your beautiful baby and surviving child birth, your body changes in ways that might be strange, surprising, and disappointing. Yet when you look down in your arms to your sweet, snugly baby, you are astonished and amazed that he came from you. This incredible new life dulls the body issues that are less important. Despite the wonder of having a new baby, the pressures our society places on women can be overwhelming. We have a few suggestions to quiet the self-criticisms to help you love the beautiful body that brought new life into the world.
Tip #1: Find some me time
Take a few minutes a day to do something that makes you smile. Go outside and take a walk to get some fresh air. Maybe take a bubble bath, get a pedicure, or watch a new TV show. Try to take at least 20 minutes a day and make it a part of your daily routine. A happy mom equals a happy baby!
Tip #2: Tune out the media
The media is constantly telling us that we are supposed to have our bodies back by a specific time. Celebrities get insane coverage about their post-baby bodies because they drop the weight instantly. Keep in mind that it is their job to be skinny. On the other hand, your job is to focus on taking care of yourself and keeping your baby healthy and happy. It is almost impossible to do that with all the negative messages that are fed to us. Avoid the People Magazines for now.
Tip #3: Focus on your physical health
This isn’t a tip telling you to get to the gym. Just make sure you set aside some time to take care of yourself physically. You can ease yourself into making your body more active at your own pace. Maybe you get some tummy time with your baby. Roll around on the floor while you stretch, twist, and reach your limbs. Have your honey give you a gentle back massage. Just make sure to take time every day for your body and while you’re doing it, take a few deep breaths to relieve some stress.
Tip #4: Make a list
When you haven’t gotten dressed up in weeks, brushed your hair, or enjoyed a minute to yourself, you might start to focus on the negatives. This is a great time to for you to stop, sit down, and make a list of things you love about your body right now. Maybe that is your long, luscious hair or your sparkling blue eyes or your strong, toned legs. Keep your list with you so you easily add to it or reread what you wrote to remind you of your beautiful qualities.
Tip #5: Change your words
The way you talk about your body and the words you speak really influence your outlook and perspective. When one woman started calling her pregnancy stretch marks “tiger stripes”, the mindset changed for a lot of new moms. The new description not only sounded cool, but it shifted how some woman think about their bodies. You just created life! Celebrate these changes by speaking life into your own body! Start thinking about getting your body onward not backward!
Tip #6: Shop for new outfits
Your maternity clothes might sag and your old wardrobe might still be too tight.You may not be your final, pre-pregnancy weight yet, but you might want to get some new, cute clothes that will actually fit and make you feel good. Maybe swap clothes with a friend or take a trip to a consignment shop or Target. Get a few tops, a comfortable pair of jeans, and a couple dresses. This is definitely worth it to help you feel like yourself again.