Motherhood is a transformative experience that brings immense joy and fulfillment, but it also comes with its fair share of challenges. One of these challenges is learning to accept the changes that come with childbirth. The process of bringing a new life into this world can take a significant toll on your body, and it's common for mothers to struggle with accepting (never mind loving) their new physique.
It's essential to remember that your body has gone through an incredible journey, and it's natural for it to look different after pregnancy. You've created a human being and brought them into this world, and that's an achievement to be proud of. Instead of focusing on the changes, try to embrace them as a symbol of the incredible feat you've accomplished.
Every time you look in the mirror and start to say "yuck, look at....", first notice the thought, then accept that you're feeling that way because you have grown a human and birthed them. It's a big thing to go through. Then simply say, "I choose to appreciate my body and how strong I am. I choose to love my scars as they are a symbol of my strength, not weakness."
Here are a few tips to help you cope with body changes after childbirth:
Celebrate your body: Instead of criticizing your body, focus on celebrating it for all that it's accomplished. Take time to appreciate the parts of your body that you love and focus on the positives.
Practice self-care: Taking care of yourself can make a massive difference in how you feel about your body. Make sure you're getting enough rest (as much as you can as a Mama!) and ask for help whenever you can to give yourself time to rest. Eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly.
Connect with others: Joining a support group for new moms can be incredibly helpful. It can provide a safe space where you can share your experiences and feelings with others who are going through the same thing. I can recommend @groundedpostpartum. They have a beautiful, supportive, and fun group program you can enjoy.
Be kind to yourself: Remember that it takes time for your body to heal and adjust after childbirth. Be patient with yourself and give yourself time to recover, but also appreciate the way it's grown a human for you and the strength it has shown you.
Dress for comfort: Don't feel pressured to wear clothes that make you uncomfortable or don't fit well. Invest in clothing that makes you feel good and comfortable. And if not, restyle your existing wardrobe to fit the way you now want it to.
Consider seeing a therapist: If you're struggling, consider seeing a therapist who can help you work through your feelings. Asking for help is always a great thing, and only good can come of it.
Accepting your post-pregnancy body can be challenging, but it's essential to remember that your body has accomplished something incredible. Practice self-care, connect with others, and be kind to yourself. Ultimately, remember that your worth is not determined by your appearance, and you are a fantastic Mama regardless of your body's shape or size. Having said that, if you know you're in need of a fitness/health upgrade, then that is a different story.
I'm here for you, Mama ❤️
I want you to know that I would be delighted to help or just chat if that's what you need. Reach out, and I'm here to help 😊.