Body Image: Learning to Love the New You

Monday, June 22, 2015

Your body goes through a lot of changes to accommodate your baby during and after pregnancy. These changes are natural and healthy, but they might affect the way you feel about your looks. Even if you didn’t like your body before, recognize the great feat it has accomplished―it produced another human being!

Here are some ideas to help you love and accept your post-pregnancy body:

  • Concentrate on your baby. Your body changed to help your baby grow and develop. It is a natural process.
  • Express your feelings. Talk with your partner, family, or friends about how you are feeling. Don’t keep your feelings bottled up.
  • Try to get out for some enjoyable exercise. Physical activity helps improve your mood throughout the postpartum period.
  • Learn as much as you can about pregnancy and being a new mom. By educating yourself, you will know what to expect and feel more in control.

Your body has to adjust and return to a non-pregnant body. Don't expect a flat belly after your delivery. Remember, your body has been through a lot in giving birth and needs time to recover. 

Give yourself some time to rest, especially if being active doesn’t feel good. Eat well, exercise when you can, and be good to yourself!

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