Pregnancy and birth naturally come with a lot of stress: physical and emotional. As your body rapidly changes and your hormone levels go into flux, there’s an increased risk that your self-confidence and mental health could suffer. Unfortunately, these complications don’t vanish after birth. You’re left with a body that is forever changed. For many women, those changes are a thing of beauty, a reminder of the gift they were given. However, recognizing that gift does not require you to be happy with your post-pregnancy body.
To be the best mother you can be, you need to take care of yourself first. Pregnancy and breastfeeding both stretch your skin and put a strain on your muscles, so proper diet and hydration are key to maintaining your health for you and baby.
Parents suggests making sure you’re drinking enough water to give your skin its best chance to recover from the ordeal. In addition, get in the habit of keeping a small “touch-up” kit in your baby bag. A small mirror, hairbrush, and a good moisturizer can go a long way towards helping you feel put together throughout the day. Your post-pregnancy body deserves to be pampered!
Take Some Time for You
If you have a supportive partner, friends, or family, then it is time to call in all of the favors built-up over the years. Once you’re feeling up to it, have someone watch the baby for a couple of hours every week or so. Use the time to go to the gym, have a coffee by yourself, go out with friends, or just take a nap in peace.
By reclaiming just a few hours of time you will give yourself a chance to reboot after months of exhaustion. Reducing your stress levels will do wonders for your appearance and it will help to feel like there is one part of your life that is still yours.
Don’t Shy Away from Making a Change
What to Expect assures women that post-pregnancy bodies will take time to adapt after birth. Give yourself six to nine months of a healthy diet and regular exercise before you make any major decisions. However, if time has passed and you’re still not happy with your post-pregnancy body, then there is no shame in asking for professional help. The purpose of the Mommy Makeover is to help you feel like yourself again.
By talking with Dr. Gabbay, you’ll be able to identify what attributes are bothering you most. This is important when deciding on the combination of procedures that will work best for you. Whether you have excess skin, small pockets of stubborn fat, stretch marks, or uncomfortable breast changes, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills will help you enjoy looking in the mirror again.
Many women abandon their daily regimens due to the chaos of having a new baby, and it’s one of the reasons so many come home at the end of the day, surprised to find a totally different person in the mirror.
Rather than abandoning your routine entirely, streamline it. Find easy ways to put your hair up on the days you can’t style it as you normally would. Rather than using a full foundation that requires multiple steps to look natural, use a CC cream with sunblock. They can be easily applied with clean fingers with great results. Keep a little CC cream, mascara, and hand wipes in your “touch-up” bag to keep yourself looking fresh throughout the day.
Being Yourself and Not Just “Mom”
Parents sacrifice so much for their children, but your mental health and self-worth shouldn’t be one of them. Making small changes to your routine and keeping a bag of refreshing beauty supplies with your baby’s things will help you to preserve your feeling of self. If you experience lasting negative feelings postpartum, then you should talk to your doctor.