It’s the age-old question, isn’t it – is it possible to look just as good post-baby as pre-pregnancy? For us mums, becoming a parent isn’t an easy ride. It changes us in ways we never imagined it would, and can leave us with lasting changes to our minds and bodies. Think stretch marks, skin that’s drier and more prone to problems, and anxiety that we didn’t seem to have before. Becoming parent changes you, there’s no doubt about that.
That being said, having a baby doesn’t mean that you can’t get your body back to its former glory, it’s just harder to get back in shape, that’s all. Well, for most of us it is, anyway. There are, of course, some mums who seem to snap back into perfect shape as soon as their little one is born. Everyone is different, and so is everyone’s post-baby journey. The most important thing to remember when getting back in shape is to take your time and do things at your own pace.
To make the process a little easier for you, here are a few ideas and suggestions to take note of.
Find a road that works for you.
First and foremost, the most important thing is to find a route that works for you. For instance, what works for your friend when it comes to getting back in shape, may not necessarily work for you. She may swear by mummy and baby yoga, while for you, swimming is the key to getting your body back to what it was pre-pregnancy. Or, maybe you’ll find that walking works well for you and helps you to shed those extra pounds. It’s just a case of trial and error and finding a way to fit exercise in around your new addition. Something that at times can be a real struggle.
When it comes to getting your body back to its former glory, it’s not just about your size and shape. Having a baby also impacts other parts of your body, such as your hair, nails, and skin, because of the hormones. So, as well as focusing on eating well and exercising regularly, it’s also important to pamper yourself now and then. Book yourself in to get your hair styled and dyed or go and get your nails done. It’s little pick-me-ups like this that can give your self-esteem the boost it needs. If your skin’s been badly affected by pregnancy, book yourself into a medispa for some treatment. Ask the dermatologist what would be best – a microdermabrasion treatment or laser skin resurfacing. Pamper yourself a little and you’ll feel much happier and more confident about how you look.
Learn to love yourself again.
A lot of new mums lose confidence in their appearance and resent their new bodies. It’s important as a new mummy to learn to love yourself again and to be proud of the body that you have. Your body has done something amazing – it’s carried and given birth to your child. It may have stretch marks, you may not be as slim as before, and your skin may have changed, but that doesn’t mean your body’s not beautiful. Think about how strong your body is and how amazing it is, don’t worry about the changes. Instead, focus on what it can do, and you’ll learn to love yourself again.
It is possible to get your body back to its former glory after having a baby. However, it’s important to understand that it will take time. There’s no rush to get yourself back in shape, take all the time that you need. Your body has done something amazing, so give it a break and learn to love it for what it is.