Pregnancy and Postpartum Body Image: Coping with Changes
Having a baby is a time of great joy, but it can also bring feelings of insecurity and uncertainty when it comes to your body image. During pregnancy, the shift to motherhood can often be accompanied by a multitude of physical and emotional changes. After giving birth, it can be difficult to adjust to your changing body and the extra responsibilities that come with motherhood. Fortunately, there are ways to cope with these changes and develop a positive body image during and after pregnancy.
Tips for Coping with Postpartum Body Changes
- Focus on how your body has served you. Think about the amazing changes your body has gone through during pregnancy and delivering your baby. Show yourself some appreciation for surviving this remarkable journey!
- Accept and celebrate your postpartum body. Each person is unique and their postpartum body is no different. Celebrate what is unique about your new postpartum body and make peace with the things that can’t be changed.
- Keep fit and healthy. Even though it can be hard to find the time, a good workout can do wonders for your mood and body image. You don’t need to become an athlete overnight; even a short walk or some gentle stretching will help.
- Think positively and surround yourself with supportive people. Although it can be difficult to stay positive, avoiding negative thoughts and focusing on the things you do love about your body can help. Surround yourself with supportive people who can help you to make healthy lifestyle choices.
- Don’t compare yourself to others. Everyone is unique and there’s no need to compare yourself to other mothers. There’s a huge range of what’s considered “normal” in postpartum bodies, so focus on your own progress and celebrate the journey!
Remember: You are not alone
It can be difficult adjusting to the changes that pregnancy and postpartum can bring, and you’re not alone. If you need support, reach out to professionals, friends and family members who can help you through this time. With the right support and a positive attitude, you can embrace and celebrate your postpartum body!