Starting today is three part series on Post partum wellness. In this first part, I will discuss about fashion, style and loving your body.
If you have been following my blog, you would know that I enjoyed being pregnant and was shamelessly flaunting my bump each week whilst basking in the pregnancy glow. As an expectant mum, I thought like most of the ladies out there that once the babe is out, I would be back to my former self in a matter of days. No, I wasn’t hoping to be Gisele Bündchen by the time I waltzed out of the delivery room but as I was quite active till the very end; I thought it will be just a matter of days to get back into my much loved former non-maternity clothes. In fact, I kick started my labour by climbing 13 floors twice and the next day going for a five mile walk and again climbing stairs. How wrong was I!!
I am beginning to realise that the “fourth trimester” months are going to be tough. But I can make it easier by learning to love my new body each day. Now, I am facing a new sartorial challenge– how to dress my post-pregnancy body and as I am breast feeding, how to make the milk factory accessible when needed. Here are few things I am learning that is helping me on the way.
1)Be Realistic: It has been tough accepting my post-pregnancy body especially the squishy left over tummy. Comments from dear ones that I need to lose my tummy ASAP haven’t been of much help either. But the fact is your uterus which expands up to 500 times its usual size requires 6-8 weeks to contract and your pregnancy tummy which has grown in 9-10 months will more or less require the same time to go back to normal. So accept these realities and don’t be so hard on yourself.
2) Create some black magic: Black (and other dark shades) should be your new best friend. Black hides any bulges and bumps. Head to toe black will also make your body appear longer. Liven up your black (or dark) outfit with colourful accessories.
3) Accessorize: Scarves and jewellery should have a new place in your wardrobe. Long necklaces and scarves will elongate your torso whilst adding some personality to your ensemble. Scarves can also act as bibs when your baby spits or you can use them as a cover if you breastfeed in public. My favourite is a great pair of statement earrings (which you can use in the early days) which can up the ante of any outfit and bring focus to your pretty face.
4) Double dressing: Double dress like I have done here (above). Revamp your old wardrobe and take out those light-weight cardigans, kimonos or light-weight long line coats and add it over your dress. Here, I’ve added my kimono over a dress. It will create a shape and hide any wobbly bits. If you live in hot climate, use of a long scarf as a cover up and belt it up.
5) Go dressy: There is no need to forgo dresses just because you have a baby and are breast feeding. Stack your wardrobe with some wrap dresses as shown here. Wrap dresses are great when you are nursing. You can also opt for sun-dresses with thick straps that can be pulled over one side when you are nursing.
6) Button-up: Another great option if you are breast feeding is a nice button-up blouse or a shirt. Opt for light fabrics like chiffon, sheer or chambray they are feminine and not to mention pretty. When opting for a tee or a blouse look for V-necks and wide boat necks. Remember, you now have a natural cleavage use it your advantage.
7) Undergarments: Invest in some good quality bras and get yourself professionally measured especially if you are nursing. Get some thick strapped bras if you are nursing as your breasts will change its size slightly throughout the day. Get some clever shape wear; it will not only boost your confidence but help you to prevent your modesty while nursing. You will either breastfeed by unbuttoning/unzipping/pulling down or lifting you top up. Wear a tummy strap or a vest to hide your tummy whilst feeding.
8) Bottoms-up: Yes, it is quite understandable that you want to fit into your skinny jeans ASAP but don’t fret if you don’t. You are most likely to use your maternity trousers for some more weeks or a month or two. Get some good fitting jeggings that will stretch and ends just on your ankles. Skirts should be another staple—my favourite is the A-line and pencil style that will do justice to your new curves. Harem trousers with elastic are also my favourite.
9) Footwear: We tend to forget our footwear. While it is easy to live in sneakers; opting for an inch or two heels will give you a lift and make you look taller. If you must opt for comfy shoes, go for colourful ballets and slippers that are pretty and stylish.
10) Love your body: As stated in point number 1, accept and love your new curves and work with it rather than against it. Stay away from the things that don’t fit or work for this time in your life. Emphasise your best feature, and disguise anything you aren’t happy with. If you have a great derrière flaunt it in a nice pencil skirt. If you have toned arms wear a sun dress.
11) Don’t be a sacrificial lamb: It is easy to lose yourself as your baby’s demands increases but remember you don’t have to be a sacrificial lamb. It is fine to take some time out just for yourself even if it is just five minutes. So put that gloss on, do your hair, work that stretch do things that make you happy because a happy mum is a productive mum.
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