Working Your New Mum Body

Working Your New Mum Body

Becoming a mum is a life-changing experience. It is exciting and fun, but can also be extremely exhausting at times. All the changes and expectations you go through can deeply affect your mental and physical health.

Once the baby is here, you may be struggling to find the time to do even the most basic things like catching up on your sleep. A lot of new mums completely give up on taking care of themselves because it takes so much effort. However, you should know that ignoring yourself can lead to a lot of stress and anxiety.

Spending a little time to take care of yourself can go a long way in making you feel uplifted and confident. Once you start to take care of your needs, your mental and physical health will greatly improve.

  • Be kind to yourself - The first step towards self-care is to not be harsh on yourself. Your body has gone through a lot during pregnancy and childbirth. Your body will feel quite different post-delivery. Your body shape may have changed, you may have put on a few kilos, and it can all feel overwhelming. However, it will take a few months, maybe even a year, for you to feel at home in your body again. The best thing you can do is to be kind to yourself and appreciate your body for all that it has done. Do not let negative thoughts about yourself or your body cloud your mind. Being confident in who you are can speak volumes for your self-worth.

  • Get rid of the pre-pregnancy clothes - A lot of mums feel bad about how they look when the clothes in their wardrobes don't fit them anymore. A lot of the tops and dresses you loved may not look as good on your body after pregnancy. The high or square necklines can make you look bustier and the bras you once felt confident in might no longer fit once you start breastfeeding. Try and clear out your wardrobe by ditching the clothes that no longer fit and buying more clothes that flatter your new body. You may not be able to dress like you used to, but you can always switch up your style for something new, on-trend and flattering.

  • Go on a shopping spree - A shopping spree will do you a lot of good. Take a break from your mum duties and drive over to the closest mall. Find stylish and comfortable clothes that flatter your mum body. Flowing dresses and skirts are a great option for you. Look for more V-necks and scooped necklines to give an elongated look to your neck. Maxi skirts will compliment your body shape a lot more as opposed to mid-length and shorter skirts. Try a few styles out to find what looks good on you. Once you do, invest in clothes with similar cuts and styles.

  • Wear tummy-tucking pants - Your mum body may take some time to get back in its old shape. Meanwhile, find pants that hold in your tummy. Instead of low-rise jeans, go for mid-rise jeans that give you some support. Some new mums love spandex pants and leggings because they hide the post-partum tummy while providing maximum comfort.

  • Invest in nursing tanks and tees - Some things that never go out of style include classic tees and tanks. Layer them with a cardigan or jacket to complete your look. Grab some good quality cotton or bamboo nursing tanks and tees that you can wear without having to put a lot of thought into it.

  • Choose flattering patterns - Many new mums avoid stripes, but vertical stripes can be your best friend when it comes to hiding the post-delivery bulges. Busy patterns are perfect for the times when you cannot iron or are in a rush.

  • Grab more nursing bras - By this time, most of your old bras will no longer fit your body type. Invest in good-quality and supportive nursing bras that help you through the breastfeeding and pumping period. Wearing high-quality nursing bras will make your life so much easier and also give you confidence in your new mum body. Always keep a few spares to maintain good hygiene for you and your bub.

  • Accessorise - The right accessories can take your outfit to another level. Use complementing scarves, jewellery, handbags, and shoes to spice up your outfits. While new clothing can be expensive, you don't have to splurge a lot on accessories, and it can make a great difference in how you look.


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