This was one of the last pictures I took before giving birth. Yes, that is me in an Arsenal shirt; I had just about squeezed into it! My body had completely changed by this point. For several weeks, I thought I looked heavily pregnant but in hindsight, I had the smallest bump. It was around this time I knew that my body wasn't what it used to be.
Becoming a mummy is a remarkable journey, filled with joy, love, and challenges. While we are overjoyed with the celebration of our little ones arrival(s), many women struggle to accept the changes their bodies undergo during the postpartum phase.
It is not selfish to make yourself a priority! Why do we always seem to have 'Mum Guilt'? Looking after ourselves is an essential part of our wellbeing for both you and your family. It's like they say on a plane, you should only help others once you have helped yourself.
Lets take a look at ways we can embrace our beautiful postpartum bodies:
The Struggle with Body Image
After giving birth, it is normal for women to experience a wide range of emotions when they catch a glimpse of themselves in the mirror. Our bodies have gone through incredible changes to bring life into this world, and it takes time to adjust physically and emotionally. Remember, you are a warrior who has brought a miracle into existence. Celebrate your strength and acknowledge that your body has accomplished something extraordinary.
Juggling Life with a Newborn
Caring for a newborn is a full time job that often leaves new mothers feeling overwhelmed and
exhausted. It's essential to prioritise self care amidst the chaos. Simple acts like taking short breaks, indulging in a warm bath, reading a book, or having a cup of tea (or even a little sweet treat!) can do wonders for your wellbeing. Remember, a happy and nurtured mother is better equipped to care for her child.
Society often overlooks the challenges that new mothers face, leaving them feeling isolated and unsupported. However, know that you are not alone in this journey. Seek out support groups, both online and offline, where you can connect with other mothers who understand what you're going through.
Embracing Body Image Changes
Accepting and embracing your postpartum body is a journey that takes time and self-compassion. Focus on the incredible strength and resilience your body has shown throughout the pregnancy and birth process. Celebrate your body's ability to nurture and sustain life.
Prioritise Self Care
Carve out dedicated time for activities that bring you joy and relaxation. Whether it's yoga, meditation, gentle exercises, or pampering yourself with a skincare routine. Surround yourself with positivity; people who uplift and support you. Surround yourself with media and messages that promote body positivity and self acceptance. Unfollow accounts or channels that make you feel inadequate or insecure. Shift your perspective and instead of focusing solely on your physical appearance, shift your attention to the incredible bond you are building with your child.
As new mothers, it's important to remember that your postpartum body is a reflection of the remarkable journey you have embarked upon. Ultimately, your love and care for yourself will radiate to your little one, creating a beautiful foundation for a healthy and happy life together.
Mumma's, you are amazing and don't you forget it!
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