Feeling good about your post-baby body

Feeling good about your post-baby body

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For the past nine months, your body hasn't been your own. Though you may have read or heard about how it would change, you probably weren't fully prepared for the physical toll of pregnancy. And now you want your body back!

That's perfectly understandable – but it's also important to be patient and give yourself a break. After all, your body spent nine months stretching and adjusting to accommodate your growing baby, so don't expect it to bounce back just a few weeks after giving birth.

You may need to give it another nine months, or even a year, to get back to what you consider "normal," and keep in mind that your shape won't be exactly as it was before. Remind yourself that your figure changed in order to create and nourish a miracle.

Here are some other ways to help you feel good about your body after delivery.

Don't judge your looks in the first few weeks

If you're like most women in the first weeks after giving birth, you're sore, leaking, dripping, swollen, and flabby, not to mention utterly exhausted and emotionally spent. And you probably still look pregnant because your abdominal muscles are stretched out, and your uterus has yet to shrink to its pre-pregnancy size (which can take six to eight weeks).

How long it takes your body to rebound depends on a number of factors, including your age, fitness level, number of previous pregnancies, and genes.

Yes, a few moms can fit into their regular clothing within weeks of delivery, but this is the exception, and it's not worth comparing yourself to them. Think of your slightly rounder hips, softer tummy, and thicker waist as a small price to pay for the wonderful new person in your life.

Ease back into old activities

Did you know that pregnancy is actually four trimesters? If you consider the first few postpartum months as part of your pregnancy journey, it might relieve the pressure to resume all your old activities as soon as possible.

Try to put aside chores like cooking and cleaning for the first two to four weeks, so you can focus on resting and caring for your newborn. Sleep is essential for your body's recovery as well as your ability to cope with difficulties and to feel good about yourself. And putting up your feet can do wonders for getting rid of any swelling that developed during pregnancy.

When you feel ready, slowly start adding exercise back into your routine. Every woman is different, and it's important to ease into exercising at your own pace. For example, a competitive athlete who had an easy pregnancy may find she can resume her usual training regimen soon after giving birth. But for most women, it's a good idea to start slowly.

If you had a vaginal birth, you can probably start walking, doing kegels, and stretching gently soon after you come home. It's best to get clearance from your doctor before beginning any aerobic exercises or weight training. Sometimes you can find postpartum exercise classes at your local gym, hospital, or fitness center.

If you're recuperating from a c-section, check with your doctor about when you can start exercising and how to get started. Your abdominal incision should be fully healed before you start doing exercises that target your stomach muscles.

Try these tips from other our site moms

"Do something that makes you feel sexy and attractive – treat yourself to a pedicure, buy a new outfit (that fits!), get your hair cut or colored, or have a facial."


"Buy some cute drawstring pants that fit you now but that you can still wear once you're back to your pre-pregnancy size."


"Get dressed in the morning and put on some makeup. I felt more like my normal self when I did normal things. Sometimes when you first have a baby, you're so tired that you don't even want to get dressed, but getting up and getting ready definitely helps."


"I bought myself a new pair of shoes. (You may need to anyway because your feet may be bigger now.) It was an easy way to update my wardrobe without breaking the bank."


"I was simply too grateful and too busy thanking my body for making my dream come true to worry about how it was different than it was before I became a mommy. It does change your body – and your soul. I lost 40 pounds in six weeks from breastfeeding, but my body was never what it was before. My heart, however, is so much happier. "


"Try to see your body as better, not worse. Childbirth challenged me physically. Afterward, I saw my body in a more positive light. I realized that I had the physical stamina to do things that might have been daunting before. I decided to train for my first marathon because I realized for the first time that I was capable of it (despite having been a runner my whole life), and because I also had the desire to do something for myself."


"Concentrate on the features you do feel good about right now and downplay the ones you're less confident about. Wear forgiving tunic-length shirts (which will skim over your thicker middle and fuller hips) with eye-catching sweetheart necklines or V-necks that highlight your newly generous bustline."


"As hard as it may be, try to relax your standards and give yourself a break. It helps to remind yourself that as dismayed as you are about your still-rounded belly and bursting bra, chances are your mate actually thinks your new, fuller figure is pretty hot."


"Instead of getting upset about not fitting into your old jeans, buy the right size to fit your new shape. When you wear clothes that fit, it's pretty easy to feel confident and attractive."


Watch the video: HOW I GOT MY BODY BACK AFTER HAVING A BABY (June 2022).