So that bundle of joy that you have been nurturing for the past 9 months has finally arrived.
No more flutters, kicks and secret harbouring of your tiny child in your womb. Baby is here. Your body is no longer swollen with the promise of a brand new life. It is now able to finally return to a semblance of its pre-pregnancy state.
Of course you cannot completely claim it back as your own. You still need to produce the sustenance for the tiny being that has taken over your life. A crucial role which requires you to be mindful of what comes into your body and how it will impact on your baby.
But the first steps can now be taken to allow your body to be reclaimed. To escape the tent-like maternity dresses, the billowing tops and roomy pants. To finally have the opportunity to return to normality. To start to change your wardrobe choices back to some more flattering outfits, maybe even with a hint of a waist!
But, wait a minute.
Those gorgeous pre-baby clothes cannot magically be worn again immediately after birth. Your body proportions have changed. Your curves are a bit more pronounced. Especially the cleavage. For some women this is an incredible bonus. Maybe this is their first experience of actually having more than a little chest “bumpiness.” The transition to buxom goddess can be quite exhilarating.
But many women lament the changes their bodies have undergone. They long for their pre-pregnancy body, and are quite depressed and miserable at its disappearance. They yearn for things to be the way they used to be.
But hold on. Hasn’t your body just spent the last 9 months nurturing and growing a real live infant? It has been through a huge amount of stretching, growing, feeding and change. And it will take a long time to “bounce back”
Rest assured that it will. If you treat your body kindly, feed it healthy, fresh, unprocessed food. If you get it moving. Start some walking, a bit of resistance training like push-ups, planks and squats. Believe me, you will be surprised at how quickly things can change. Especially if you start with a positive mindset.
You have a huge responsibility in caring for and nurturing your new baby. To do this, it is important for you to be strong, healthy and happy.
So create a plan of healthy eating, some mild exercise, as much rest as possible and happy, positive thoughts, and you will soon be back on the way to your before-baby state. As long as you allow yourself to gradually transform, bearing in mind the huge transformation your body has undergone in the last nine months.