I have spoken to so many women who feel self-conscious about their body after they have children. It’s normal. Your body has undergone some major changes. In fact, your body has undergone changes literally from head to toe. Having a negative body image really affects your confidence, so here are some tips to help you look at yourself differently.
There are physical changes that happen. Your hips widen. Your belly grows. And, then it shrinks. If you are nursing… Well, obviously that will change your appearance… Many women get stretch marks. Some women’s feet grow. Your hair thickens during pregnancy and then falls out afterwards. Your hormones may cause you to break out. Your jean size might be the same as it was pre-children but your clothes just fit differently. It’s traumatic!
Not that I am saying to be unhealthy, but your body is going to be so up and down until you are done. It just will. In the meantime, even if you are home with your baby, do the things that you used to do before you had kids. Put make-up on, get dressed up, get your hair done, paint your nails. Do whatever it is that makes you feel good about yourself and your appearance.
We know as moms that these changes are all worth it, so let’s stop being so hard on ourselves. No more focusing on the negative. We are beautiful. Treat yourself with kindness and compassion. Consider those scars beauty marks instead of stretch marks. When I stop and think about the amazing transformation that my body has undergone, I am amazed. Focus on one thing that you love about your body. Let it remind you of how incredible your body is that it can stretch, transform and house a human being. That truly is amazing! Own it.
I had a chat with Nancy Hornback yesterday about the topic of confidence. Check out the video to hear a funny story about us and our tips on how to become more confident.
What are your tips on building confidence? Is body image something that you struggle with? Let me know in the comments.