By Carlia Lozo
Congratulations on the arrival of your precious bundle of joy! As a new mama, you may be experiencing a range of emotions, including concerns about your postpartum body. It’s important to remember that this is a transformative time, and your body deserves love and acceptance. In this blog post, we will guide you on a journey towards embracing your postpartum body with self-acceptance and empowerment. Let’s begin!
Normalising Your Feelings and Fostering Self-Compassion
Identify Negative Self-Talk
Start by recognising moments of negative self-talk. When you catch yourself thinking critically about your postpartum body, pause and acknowledge these thoughts.
Challenge Negative Thoughts
Challenge these negative thoughts with kind, self-compassionate responses. For instance, if you think, “I look so different now”, counter it with, “My body has done something incredible by bringing a new life into the world”.
Affirmations for Self-Love
Create a list of positive affirmations that resonate with you. Repeat these affirmations daily to reinforce self-love and acceptance. For example, “I am strong, resilient, and beautiful in every way”.
Prioritising Gentle Self-Care
Dedicate specific times for self-care in your daily routine. Even short breaks can make a significant difference in how you feel.
Explore self-care activities that resonate with you, such as deep breathing exercises, meditation, journaling, or engaging in a creative hobby.
Nourishing Your Body
Listen to Your Hunger
Pay attention to your body’s hunger cues and eat regularly. Nourish your body with balanced meals and snacks.
Avoid Food Guilt
Resist food guilt or restrictive diets. Remember that food is essential for your well-being, and enjoying meals should be a source of pleasure and nourishment.