Regaining Your Body Image After A Baby

At some point in time, we’ve all felt that pressure and dissatisfaction with our body image and the way we look.  While we may all feel that way at one point or another, the hardest thing to deal with is body image after a pregnancy. Having  a child is great, it is one of-if not the best experience you can ever had, the feeling of pride and joy as you hold your baby for the first time after grueling hours of labor. Giving birth to a child affects you in so many different ways, it can affect you physically, emotionally, and even sexually which can affect your perception of your body.

Not everyone will experience the same emotions and feelings, after having a baby, but a common theme is the insecurity of  your appearance. If you’re feeling sad and are unhappy with the way your body looks after having the baby just remember your body had to change to accommodate the  baby. Feeling like “you’re not in your normal body” is in itself normal, some women choose to start exercising right away in order to restore their body to what it looked like before the baby. Whatever the case may be, you should love and accept your body the way it is especially since it underwent many changes during a 9 month period.

The ways to get back to loving your body image is by embracing it. Standing in front of the mirror naked and just staring at your body, capturing what it is that you love about your body, running your hands over your arms, and abdomen providing yourself with the same intimacy as you would your child. It is all about you and how you feel, treat yourself to a spa, or taking a warm bubble bath, or even getting a massage.

After having the baby and you feel strong enough to exercise, doing yoga helps and it is easy enough to do it at home and can be done while the baby is sleeping. A major exercise and one that is very popular would be ‘stroller strides’ or walking with the baby, not only will it help restore your body back to its original fitness it will strengthen the bond between you and your child. Exercise increases endorphins, reduces fatigue, and increased libido. It can also help your body become fit,toned, and energetic which can be used in the bedroom as well!

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