Loving Your Post-Baby Body
Maybe you’ve heard this one before - it took nine months for your body to grow and change to accommodate baby, therefore you should give your body at least nine months to get back to normal. But what is normal now? What should you do in the in between stage? What if your body doesn’t naturally return to the size or shape it was before your pregnancy? What if your belly is always a little pouchy? What if your hips are always a little fuller? What if you have to throw away all of your shoes???
Before you do anything too rash, it’s really important that you —
Take a deep breath
Go easy on yourself.
Breathe in and out.
Your body made a human person and that is no small accomplishment. Your hormones are changing rapidly and you’re exhausted.
If you’re nursing, you’re also likely starving. Eat nourishing foods and and make sure you are getting enough calories. You need food to sustain your body, this is no time to restrict calories or try a fad diet.
Drink plenty of water.
Buy Clothes that fit and flatter your “Now” Bod
You don’t have to spend a fortune, but it will do you a world of good to have a few well made pieces on hand that just fit your body the size and shape it is now. Stick with comfy basics or even your maternity clothes for a little while. Or grab your favorite pre-baby jeans in a size (or two) bigger, you can always donate or resell them later on. Throw on a cute belted cardigan or oversized blazer. If you’re nursing, pair with one of Mina Baie’s comfy nursing tees and voila you’re pulled together!
And don’t forget underwear. You may need a few new bras or undies to keep from feeling lumpy or pinched. As for your feet… why do you still have those sky-high heels anyway?
Use Loving Language
While you may feel down about your new stretch marks or thicker waistline, try to use loving language towards your body. A little positive affirmation goes a long way.Incorporate a few minutes of daily meditation or some quiet stretching, while telling yourself, “I am a badass.” “My body is strong.” “I made a person.” “I’m a great mother.”or whatever rings true for you. Even if that feels impossible, please try to avoid any negative self-talk in front of your older kids, they are always watching. They look at your body and see nothing but perfection and love! If this feels completely unrealistic to where you are, keep trying and if that feels impossible, consider seeking the help of a mental health professional.
Get Gut Checked
Diastasis Recti, a separation between the right and left abdominal muscles, and pelvic floor dysfunction are common in postpartum women. It’s never too late to get checked for these issues and start to rehab exercises with a specialist. Loving your body doesn’t just mean accepting that you can’t sneeze without peeing a little. Find a reputable physical therapist in your area, or ask your doctor.
Now give those heels one last twirl and set them free. Cuz heels? Those days are gone, baby!
Article by: Jessica Kivnik