There’s no denying that a new baby is a major life changing event. Forget about being spontaneous, or sleeping in and fitting into your favorite jeans. These facts are enough to shake a new mother’s self-confidence. Sometimes it’s easy to forget who you were before having the baby.
However, feeling this way is completely normal – after it’s pretty easy to forget about ourselves when we’re consumed 24/7 taking care of a new little life. And don’t worry about those extra pounds you may still be carrying, eventually your baby bulge will go away. It’s important to carve out some “me time” for yourself to get your positive feeling back.
How to get your confidence back after giving birth?
These are our best tips for getting positive about yourself.
1. Get a new haircut.
One of the beauty advantages of pregnancy is thick, shiny and lustrous hair. But hair starts falling out in clumps around two or three months after giving birth. To circumvent the effects, get a good, maintenance free haircut. This will make you feel lighter, prettier and more confident.
2. Grab some sleep.
New babies have irregular sleep patterns. Missing sleep can cause you to feel anxious and bad-tempered so make every effort to grab some sleep when your baby sleeps. Your sanity is more important than the housework!
3. Lose the PJs!
It’s fine to live in your pajamas the first couple of weeks home from the hospital. But after that time it’s imperative that you shower and get yourself dressed. If you don’t, you could end up in an never ending cycle - the less effort you extend the worse you feel about yourself, and the worse you feel about yourself the less effort you extend…
4. Rock the layered look!
Layering your clothes is super for hiding any post pregnancy bulges in the thighs, hips and tummy. Start with a bellyband, then a T shirt, and top it off with a large button down shirt or cardigan. Like magic, and without even trying, you’ve shed pounds and inches.
Exercise does wonders to combat post natal depression according to experts. It increases motivation, improves self esteem, and improves how we feel about ourselves. A hugely beneficial exercise is regularly taking your baby for a walk. Check your local YMCA, church or community center to see if there’s any organized mom and baby walking group.
6. Shape up.
Underwear that smooths our your bumps and lumps is called Shapewear. Wearing this garment under pants or a dress can make you look like you’ve lost 10 lbs.
7. Get a massage!
A relaxing massage will not only help you enhance your mental energy but will give you the strength to face changing that zillionth diaper of the day. No need to shell out tons of money. Your partner can even do it. The technique is to make small circular movements with large sweeping motion around you forehead, shoulders and neck. Most of your tension is concentrated in that area from carrying and feeding the baby.
8. Add some accessories.
Brighten up your look with a new bracelet, pair of shoes or handbag. No matter what size you are, even a new diaper bag can add some pizzaz to your everyday outfits. And remember, a bright color will draw the attention away from your problem areas.
9. Bright eyes.
To detract from dark under eye circles and brighten your skin tone, apply a brightly colored eyeshadow. Try all the latest colors. They will make you feel good.
10. Go wild.
An animal print will make you feel like a fox again. Get a scarf in an animal print. You can do so much with this accessory – wear it around your hips, your neck or hour handbag or even in your hair.
And if none of these do the trick….
Stick a post-it note on your mirror stating. “I AM HAPPY AND BEAUTIFUL.” Repeat this motto every time you look in your mirror and you’ll be certain to smile.