Today I wanted to share a few of my tips for dressing and loving your postpartum body. These pictures were taken 5 months after my daughter was born and I’m currently 25 pounds up from my prepregnancy weight. I’m gonna confess something to you here and please don’t judge me but my postpartum body threw me for a loop at first and I’m saying this as a woman who spends a lot of time styling women after baby. It’s a jarring experience to look at your own body and not see what you expect. I’ve had to spend a lot of time reminding myself that it took 9 months to grow a baby and that it's 100% normal to not “bounce back” immediately. My motto during this postpartum season has been progression, not perfection. I have felt this with everything - from working back into regular non-maternity jeans to my self-care.
1. Embrace The High Waist
High waisted bottoms are your best friend! Whether it's a great pair of high waisted leggings or high waisted jeans, embrace the high waist. The high waist works like a corset and pulls everything in, it smooths out any lumps or bumps we may have in our midsections. It's also a great option for nursing moms because it provides a little extra coverage in the tummy area if lifting a top for nursing.
2. Be Patient
We’ve all said it, “patience is a virtue.” This is especially true when talking about our bodies postpartum. As mentioned before, I am 5 months postpartum and still 25 pounds up from my pre-pregnancy self. A common thing people say is, “if it takes 9 months to grow a baby, it’ll take 9 months for your body to lose weight.” Give yourself grace during this time and remind yourself that it’s NORMAL!
3. Still Buy Clothes That Fit
This can be challenging, but, buy clothes that fit your body. A loose fit of clothes is perfectly fine but please try to avoid buying clothes that aren’t your size. Focus less on the “size or number on the clothing” and more on the fit and cut of the item. When we gain weight we tend to buy clothes that are oversized thinking it will hide our extra weight and instead actually adds material to us making us look bulkier.
4. Do Something For Yourself That You Enjoy
During this time of transition into my role of becoming a new mom and learning to accept and love my postpartum body, I’ve found it important to do still do a few activities I enjoyed doing before baby. For me still doing these things makes me maintain a sense of normal and something I can do for me. For me, this can be as simple as reading a few pages in a book, sipping on a hot coffee or something big like treating myself to a fresh new hairstyle! I know it's sometime challenging as moms to justify taking this time, or money to do something for yourself but I promise when we are feeling good about ourselves, and aren't overwhelmed we're able to be much more present and gracious with our children and loved ones.
5. Express Yourself
Another thing we tend to do postpartum or after any weight gain is stray away from colors. We tend to gravitate towards black, thinking that this is slimming. Black can be slimming but the right pieces, the right fabrics in colors can also be slimming and draw attention to our assets. Entering into motherhood is such an exciting time. Take the time to use fashion to express yourself and find your own inner mom style.
6. Find The Right Undergarments
The right undergarments will make a huge difference in how you feel and how your clothes look. Try pairing a cami under your clothes to smooth our and pumps. Find a great nursing or regular bra that you feel supported in. This can make a huge difference in how you feel in your clothes.
7. Enjoy Your New Baby!
Treat your body well, feed it good foods and thank it for carrying you on this amazing journey that brought you your precious little one. Instead of getting too caught up with the numbers on the scale, spend a little extra time snuggling your little one and remember to give yourself grace.
Thanks for reading my post on my thoughts on postpartum style and loving your postpartum body! If you're a new momma too I'd love to see you taking a little time for you by booking a styling session with me or one of our other stylists. We would love to help you more with styling your postpartum mom bod and help you find your new "mom style"
Remember Mama, you are beautiful and you're doing a great job!