Caring for your new baby is an amazing experience, and a stressful one. Stress, lack of sleep and poor eating habits may all take their toll on the way your body looks and how you feel overall. For many women postpartum, body confidence is at an all-time low; but feeling attractive and sexy after having your baby is very important.
Your postpartum body
The effects of pregnancy on your body may not be the same as other women’s, but one thing is certain: your body is not the same as it was before or during pregnancy. After giving birth, your body begins the process of returning to its pre-pregnancy state. “Baby weight” may begin to disappear, aided by breastfeeding your new baby, but as the weight disappears, stretch marks and loose skin may be left behind. You may also experience discoloration or veining, especially in the legs and around the breasts.
The change in hormones that occurs after birth can also have a profound effect on the body, and you may notice weight gain, aches and pains and even acne making an appearance.
Regaining your body confidence
Getting back your pre-baby confidence may be easier than you think. The key is to be honest with yourself right from the beginning and acknowledge that, while your body may not seem the same, you are. It is time to rediscover yourself!
Make time to treat yourself every day. This doesn’t mean you have to go to an expensive spa or dine out at a fine restaurant, though if you can do these things once in a while, go for it. No, this means make time every day to do something that you appreciate and enjoy, that does you good. Relax in a bubble bath while the baby is sleeping; watch your favorite movie, or enjoy a favorite television show; read a book; take a nap. This time must be for you and, even if it only lasts 20 minutes, taking that time will help you to feel better, more rested and less stressed, and this will all help you to feel more confident.
Exercise is very important after having a baby, and taking the time to take a walk, do yoga or Pilates, even simply to stretch, will help you feel better about yourself. Exercise stimulates endorphins, which give you a feeling of wellbeing; plus it will help with the toning and weight loss post-baby.
Lingerie and feeling sexy may be the last thing on your mind, but a flattering piece of lingerie can be just the thing to make you feel like your old self again. Nightgowns, chemises and teddies are all attractive options that provide coverage as you desire. If you are feeling less than confident about your curves, you can find Lingerie Diva bodystocking deals; bodystockings offer a great full coverage that smooths and conceals with lacy and mesh fabrics.
Finding your confidence in your body and yourself after your baby arrives may seem impossible in the days, weeks and months following the birth, but taking a few steps to pamper yourself and choose clothing that makes you feel more like yourself will help you to rebuild your body confidence and improve your all-round health.