Being a new mom is the greatest gift. But something that people often forget to tell you about is that it’s easy to lose confidence after giving birth. If you’ve been struggling to feel your best, you’re far from alone, and we have some tips to help you out.
Here we share five of the best ways to start feeling more self-assured.
1. See a Surgeon
Many women start to feel disassociated from their bodies after giving birth because so much changes – your hips are bigger, your stomach is more prominent, you may have stretch marks, and your vagina looks and feels different.
While some exercises can be used to help tighten everything, some women just don’t have the time or energy – and that’s when surgery can be a huge help.
Today you can get high-quality, minimally invasive medical treatments after giving birth and plastic surgery post-delivery. These procedures have been known to completely change the way that women feel post-delivery.
If you have a little more time, exercising is a great way to reshape your body and get back to a pre-pregnancy workout routine. Your body will also start to naturally strengthen and tighten as you exercise. It takes much longer than surgery to see the effects, but changes will happen. Physical activity is beneficial for both healthy pregnant and postpartum women.
You will also feel more confident. During exercise, the body releases endorphins that make you feel good, naturally boosting your self-esteem.
3. Seeing Friends
New moms often feel very isolated, and this can contribute to low self-esteem. Isolation is known to be bad for your health, and even though having a baby is one of the happiest times in a parent’s life, it is also a time when social situations and friendship dynamics change drastically.
If this is something you’ve been feeling, one of the best things you can do is reach out to your nearest and dearest. Yes, things are going to feel different. But your closest friends will be there for you and understand. Laughing and having fun together will give you a huge emotional boost which will, in turn, boost your confidence.
4. Spend Time With Your Partner
If you have a partner, one of the best things you can do to boost your confidence is to spend alone time with them. We know it’s hard – you’re both so busy, probably tired, and there’s too much to do with the baby. But one of the reasons you may be feeling less confident than usual is that you and your partner haven’t spent quality time together.
Scheduling some one-on-one time may rekindle a feeling between the two of you before the birth if you’ve been feeling disconnected due to stress and low self-esteem.
5. Don’t Compare Yourself
Comparing yourself to others or an older version of yourself is so easy, but it’s always going to make you feel worse. This is because others usually only show the best bits of themselves – you don’t see the everyday grind or the difficult moments, which can make you feel discontent about your own circumstances.
Don’t be too hard on yourself when looking at old pictures. It’s easier said than done, but by trying to stop this bad habit, you will start to feel much more confident in the present.
By following these tips, you should feel more confident about yourself following your baby’s delivery. Exercising will give your body and your hormones that much-needed happiness boost. Try not to compare yourself with others and spend time with your friends, family, and partner. And remember, there are now high-quality surgeries that can help you feel more like yourself if nothing else works.