When a woman gets pregnant, her body sort of becomes a public domain. Everywhere she goes people comment on her baby bump and sometimes even reach out to touch her growing belly. Even after she’s given birth, people still have something to say.
Whether people are criticizing their stretch marks or giving tips on how to get their pre-baby body back, it all leads up to one belief; that is, traces of motherhood should be hated or shamed. Motherhood should be celebrated and flaunted instead of being hidden and hated. Why must mothers hate the very proof that they have just brought another life into this world?
Mothers everywhere should not have to put up with that. Now, some women may struggle to accept that idea. You might even be one of those women. Yes, you. So, here are simple ways that can help you accept and love that powerful body of yours after all those changes brought about by childbirth:
Learn to ignore what the media is saying
Some moms today are so obsessed with losing weight right after giving birth. For the most part, I guess the media is partly to be blamed for that. The media generally depicts women as a sex symbol and often features skinny and gorgeous ones on TV and magazines. This gives the wrong impression to women today that they have to fit a certain standard in order to be accepted.
There are also moms who envy celebrity moms that have no problem losing weight after giving birth. Then again, these celebrities have an image to look after, and so they have no choice but to maintain their so-called figure. To put it simply, it’s their job. It’s not your job. Your job is to make sure that you are always in good health and able to take care of your baby. That, to me, is more amazing than anything else in the world.
Be grateful for your post-baby body
Remember that you just gave life to another human being. That, in itself, is a really big achievement. Instead of demeaning your own body, celebrate it for everything that it is. Think of at least three parts of your body that you are grateful for.
It could be your breasts that provide milk for your little one or your beefy arms that carry your baby around. It could even be your plump tummy where your baby likes to put his or her head in. Whatever it is, be grateful and take pride in them.
Choose your words carefully when describing your body
There’s nothing more heartbreaking than to hear a mother degrading her body by saying that she is fat and/or ugly. Be nicer to your body. After all, it is you who has to live in it. When you describe your body, choose words that are nice or gentle.
Focus on the positive side of having your post-baby body. You may not have a killer figure, but you at least have a body that your child can hug and rest on comfortably.
Take good care of your body
I know what you’re thinking. Taking good care of your body doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to get physical or exercise. It just means that you have to pamper yourself a bit sometime, and certainly it could mean a lot of things.
For some moms, it could mean going to the salon and getting their hair done. For others, it simply means getting a manicure or a pedicure or both. There are also others who enjoy just having a nice hot bath while their baby sleeps.
Manage some sexy time with your partner
After recently going through childbirth, it’s understandable that some women don’t necessarily feel like jumping back into sex. However, it doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a nice cuddle or a sexy massage session with your partner.
Giving some time to have a little bit of fun with your partner can do a great deal of good to your self-confidence. Allow yourself to feel and give pleasure and just remember how it feels like to be admired and wanted by your partner.
You’ve gone through so much already with your pregnancy and all. I’m pretty certain that the last thing you need right now is to worry about how you look. No matter what, always remember that you are beautiful and that you are loved. Don’t let some jerk make you think otherwise. So, don’t hide that foxy body, flaunt it.