My Biggest Challenge: Dealing With After-Pregnancy Changes

When I was younger, staying fit and having a great body were my top priorities. However, once I became a mother, my priorities reshuffled. After giving birth to three beautiful girls, it was safe to say that my old looks have gone down the drain for good. So I had two options – I could either become a grumpy mom who longs for her pre-baby looks and wallows in self-pity, or I could accept the present state of things and make the most of it. I chose the second option and set out on a journey of self-discovery that made me realize some important things about myself. Here’s what I’ve learned.

I’ve made my peace with stretch marks

Dealing with stretch marks was the biggest challenge for me. I’ve tried using all sorts of products, but with no satisfying results. Finally, I’ve decided to accept my body the way it was. Some pregnancy changes are simply irreversible and once I came to terms with it, I felt relieved. I stopped wasting my energy and time on things that can’t be changed and accepted my body.

Bye, bye extra pounds

Every new mom gains a few extra pounds during pregnancy, but in my case “a few” would be an inaccurate description. Not only did I put on weight during pregnancy, but I also continued to gain extra pounds after giving birth. This was pretty unsettling, so I’ve decided to take some action and consult an expert. I found out that stress, lack of sleep, and of course, unhealthy eating are major causes of this problem. So, I’ve decided to change my lifestyle. I divided my daily menu into several smaller portions and introduced plenty of fruit, vegetables, and oatmeal to my diet. I also refrained from sweets and replaced them with nuts and dried fruit. I couldn’t find the time for a proper fitness program, so I followed this advice from a personal trainer, who suggested yoga that can be done at home. I also agreed with my husband that each of us will sleep for at least 7 hours per night. These changes required some effort, but the results were astonishing.

No more weak hair

Before and during pregnancy I had long, healthy hair. However, about two months after giving birth, my hair became drastically weaker and thinner and it started to fall out. I was reluctant to cut it as I’ve always loved my long hair and I simply couldn’t imagine myself with a short haircut. It seemed like there was no other way out, but I didn’t want to give up. Instead, I’ve searched the Internet for some helpful tips and I found a wide selection of repairing products as well as hair vitamins that prompt hair growth and make it thick and shiny again. In just a few months I was able to see the results and soon enough I regained my hair’s former glow.

The right clothes and makeup

Pregnancy clothes became a habit, which I was eager to get rid of. I bought new clothes; not expensive items, but cute and stylish second-hand clothes, as well as some vintage pieces. I also made some changes in my makeup routine. I stopped using the “I-don’t-have-the-time” excuse and simplified my makeup process. I decided to emphasize my strongest point – my eyes – with eyeliner and mascara and simply complete the look with a lip-gloss. I was once again satisfied with the way I look, without spending too much time or money.
I was aware that pregnancy will change my body, and even though some changes are here to stay, I’ve accepted them as a part of me. I may have lost my former looks but I got so much more in return – the gift of being a mother.