Getting Body Confidence Back After Pregnancy

by - January 12, 2018

If you’re not feeling confident about your body after having had a baby, then don’t worry, you’re not alone in that respect. On average, most women say it takes them around eighteen months before they start feeling positive about their body again. That seems like far too long, however, and sometimes it can leave permanent mental marks that linger, chipping away at your self-esteem. Here, we’re going to look at what you can do to get your body confidence back a little sooner, by thinking about both the body and the mind.

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Realize what’s temporary
First of all, it’s important to be fully aware that not all of the changes to your body are going to be with you forever. After you give birth, it’s very common to experience hair loss, for instance, but this is in large part due to the overwhelming fluctuation of hormones in the body. The same goes for skin outbreaks you might experience. There are plenty of temporary changes that are going to fade away with time. There are some things you can do to help them, like improving your skincare regime, but overall, try not to worry about them as they won’t be there forever.

Accept what’s permanent
What about those changes that aren’t quite as temporary? There are a lot of them. Many women experience permanent changes such as breast growth (even breast shrinkage), changes in foot size, wider hips, and so on. When it comes to changes to your body shape, it might be time to think again about which features you can accentuate with your clothing when it seems like your old outfits don’t have quite the same wow factor as they did before. Then there are stretch marks. These fade over a couple years but never truly disappear. It’s time to simply accept these for what they are. Rather than trying to apply concealer, just acknowledge that they’re totally normal and every woman who’s gone through a pregnancy is likely to get them.

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Work on it
What about the baby weight? Again, a lot of that is going to drop on its own, but there’s also plenty that will stay there for as long as you let it without taking it to task. There are plenty of postpartum workout regimes that can help you ease back into a heightened level of exercise and can help you both lose weight and specifically target the areas of your body that might have once been tight and toned but are no longer quite so. Just don’t try to start exercising right after pregnancy. Even if you had the energy levels to do so, it’s not recommended at all by doctors, who suggest waiting four to six weeks. What is recommended, however, is that you start doing Kegel exercises as soon as possible.

Take a shortcut
If you’re not content with the progress you’re making, that’s normal. Try taking progress photos of yourself so that you have a more objective measure of the difference in your body as opposed to simply looking in the mirror. But you can also improve your self-image with a few tricks that can make real changes to your body. A waist trainer can help immediately change the shape of your profile, helping you fit your outfits the way you want to, if not necessarily the way you used to. But it also offers real benefits in helping you slim your stomach back down. Make sure it’s a complement to exercise and healthy eating, however and not a replacement.

Dealing with the lack of sleep
Sleeplessness might very well be the new mother’s favorite topic of conversation, or at least that’s what you would think from how 99% of all conversations go. But a lot of women bring it up not just because it’s so very, very true, but also to lampshade the fact that yes, we do know that we look tired. Getting your baby into a proper routine as soon as possible so that you, too, can get into a routine is important. But there are a few skincare tricks worth learning to make you look more awake, even when you’re at risk of slumping over and drooling on someone’s shoulder at any moment.

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Be kind to yourself
The baby blues are so very real. Again, pregnancy and birth cause some wild fluctuations in hormones. Our body flushes them all out after we give birth, and that can take the form of a dark, dark mood. In part, this mood is what’s to blame for the body image issues many women feel after pregnancy. So, by tackling the baby blues directly, you are indirectly tackling any feelings of poor body confidence you might be feeling. Start socializing again. Talk to your partner about expectations of changes to your life. Get out of the home and go for a walk in the fresh air. Most importantly, have a really good cry from time to time. Get the baby blues out of your system and work through them. Your self-confidence will improve with it.

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