After receiving the exciting news about your pregnancy, the next step is to prepare for the baby’s arrival. Everyone, including yourself, should understand that your body will go through a lot of changes in this period and know what you should expect.
While watching your baby bump grow, you will have to change to maternity wear, adjust your shoe size and embrace your new weight.
It is also important to know how your body will be after your child birth. Has anyone told you before that you will still look pregnant for the next few days after you have just given birth? Your feet might not go back to their original size, you may gain stubborn pounds that might not go away and you may also develop stretch marks and varicose veins that are here to stay.
The reality of these changes may take a toll on your self-esteem. Hence, here are some tips to help you cope with these changes:
Get some help
After childbirth, your body weakens, and you will suffer from a few pains. Babies also demand constant attention, and you could do with some help. You could get a relative to help take care of you and the baby by attending to the child’s needs, cooking healthy meals, cleaning up, and running simple errands. Having someone by your side for the first 28 days postpartum is very important. If you have no close relative that is able to take care of you, it is a good idea to seek help from a confinement centre so that you can take time to recover and avoid getting overwhelmed with all the changes. Find out how much the services of a confinement nanny will cost in Singapore and hire one who will meet your needs.
Accept the changes
You might never go back to your post-partum body, but you are not alone, almost everyone has some motherhood marks to show.
Take care of yourself
As someone else attends to the baby, take care of yourself in the best way you can. Scrub your skin, comb your hair, polish your nails and do your makeup. You will feel more beautiful and relaxed and this translates to a healthier mind.
Shop for clothes
Many new mums get dismayed at the realization that you have to make do with your maternity wear even after you have given birth. Get yourself a few adjustable outfits that will make you feel good about yourself. You can then adjust them if you shed the extra pounds.
Eat a healthy diet
If you stick to healthy eating, you will feel good about yourself. You will not feel guilty about the extra pounds and a healthy diet will also help your body recover fast and facilitate ample milk production.
Motherhood is a remarkable transition. Embrace it, despite all the body changes involved. Everyone goes through the changes. You should know that no one judges you about them and the people around you will still love you the same as before. Enjoy each day with your new baby and new lifestyle.