Having children is one of the most incredible things you will do in your adult life, and bringing a new life into the world is nothing short of miraculous. However, it’s also one of the most difficult things you will ever do, while you will know love like no other you will also know worry and pain and being a new parent can take its toll on you both physically and mentally. For this reason, it’s important to take care of yourself as a mother as well as your child, and one of the ways you can do that it to work on your confidence. Pregnancy changes your body, but gaining your confidence back and feeling like ‘you’ again is crucial. This could mean working to get back to how you looked before or embracing the changes having a baby has brought with it- after all, it’s all about how you feel on the inside. Here are some ideas for how you can go about it.
Diet and Exercise
Of course, as a new mother, you should be looking after your body and giving it everything it needs nutritionally. This will help you to heal faster and is essential if you’re breastfeeding. Once you’ve settled into some kind of a routine with your baby, do what you can to make healthy eating easier. For example, you could batch cook a large healthy meal, divide it into containers and freeze. That way you have healthy, home cooked food that you just need to pop into the microwave- no messing around. Once you’re ready to return to light exercise, try and work this into your lifestyle. Taking your baby for walks in the pram is an excellent way to keep fit and something that’s accessible and requires no special commitment. Looking after your body and giving it what it needs to thrive will make you feel good on the inside, and positive changes will reflect on the outside.
As a new parent, you’ll find that time for yourself is a rare and precious gift. If you have someone willing to watch your baby for a few hours it means you can have a well-earned break- and what better way to spend that time than by pampering yourself? Run a hot bath, deep condition your hair and when you get out apply plenty of moisturizer. Pop on a face mask, paint your toenails and listen to some relaxing music. It feels good and you’ll feel much more ‘you’ again in the end. Without much time on our hands, the little grooming jobs can add up and make you feel a little scruffy or insecure. You could give yourself a home wax, or look into how to get rid of skin tags, ingrown hairs or any other things that are bothering you. Other ways you could pamper yourself is by going to the hairdresser or to a spa. Chances are you won’t look perfect as a new parent, and your beauty regime will change dramatically. But the time you do get, it’s nice to pamper and look after your hair, skin, and nails.
Being a stay at home parent with only a tiny baby for company can get lonely. Spending lots of time indoors without much adult communication can take its toll, and you could find yourself losing confidence. Why not look online for mother and baby groups you could attend? Arrange for visitors to come over, you could even join online forums for support. Mixing with others and keeping a close network of loved ones is more important than ever when you’re a new mother.