In all honesty, pregnancy is a beautiful thing that bears some temporarily not-so-beautiful results—including stretch marks, saggy skin, droopy breasts, and extra pounds. If you think you’re the only mum who can’t get back to her post-baby body, think again . The stress—and emotional ups and downs—of caring for a newborn doesn’t help: All of a sudden they have these whirlwind, out of control feelings that new parenthood brings, which can leave a women feeling unsure about themselves physically.
Don’t worry, it’s not all bad news. Despite how most celebrities bounce back to their pre-baby shapes in a matter of weeks, you don’t have to. Instead, spend those early, hectic weeks and months loving the post-baby body you’re in (after all, it just gave you an infant!). Easier said than done?
Here’s four tips to help.
It took nearly a year for your body to get to where it is, and it’ll take at least that long to go back. In the meantime, get familiar with your post-baby body you have through diet and exercise. .
You just spent nine months training for a grueling physical event: Birth. If you look in the mirror and start feeling negative, remember that—and let it motivate you through the challenges to come. Your mantra should be, If I could do that, then I can get through anything.
Set an example
Your baby might not even be able to say anything yet, but she’s paying attention to every little thing you do. Be a good role model by showing her that being healthy isn’t just about looking good—it’s about feeling good about your post-baby body, too.
Accept the change
Chances are, your post-baby body will be different even if you lose all the pregnancy weight (and stretch marks!). Learn to be okay with it—and do whatever it takes to make yourself feel great right now. Buy a new (non-maternity!) outfit to dress your newfound curves, treat yourself to some new perfume, or just gaze into your baby’s eyes. When you see her starting back, this whole rollercoaster ride will be worth it.
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