Accepting + Dressing Body After Baby

Accepting + Dressing Body After Baby

The most beautiful experience in a woman’s life can quickly get overshadowed after the birth of her baby. As a first time mom and full of energy at that time, I quickly lost all the ‘baby’ weight and was back to my ‘ol self in no time. I walked to a local park with baby strapped securely in her stroller and walked about a mile a day. There was no science, no diet, no torture, no miracles here to be made. I simply walked every day – Monday through Friday. At this point in my life with Chiari + Syringomyelia and Hypothyroidism – which can give you unexplained weight gain, exercising is basically non-existent, much less walking for long periods of time because my legs can give out at any given time.

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At this point my body after having six c-sections  – understandably, has not been the same. Yes I know there are six which is a lot according to today’s society – but I won’t be going into all that. The message here is to accept our bodies as they are after baby. Your body has done the most precious thing, which is to create and care for a human in your womb and then give birth to it. I’ve birthed my babies being born weighing from 5 pounds to 9 pounds 10 ounces. I’ve also been the size 2 and am now way past that! But before I allow myself to tear my body down, I try to remember that my body has done what no other body has. It’s been through surgery after surgery and has carried babies – healthy babies! Remember that! Also, give your body time to get back to pre-baby shape, don’t rush the process, it took you 9 months to get there, it’ll take you 9 months to get back there.

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Now, how to come to a place where you are accepting of it?! How?! When I look in the mirror, I want to love what is looking back at me. It may not be perfect, I have loose skin, I have cellulite and dimples in places where I didn’t know there could be and stretch marks on my stomach, and legs and well everywhere! The darn things are everywhere, they’ve invaded my body, have taken out their sh$t and are enjoying their stay. There is no leaving for them any time soon. The creams, the oils, they don’t work – at least not for me they didn’t. Either that or I’m months too late in getting my money back on those belly creams. I think they’re actually hereditary, if your mom had them when she was pregnant, the chances of you having them are pretty precise. Sorry to be the bearer of the bad news, but yes!

The most effective way I’ve found aside from making the necessary steps in accepting my body the way it is now, is to dress for my body. You need to know your body, know your new body shape and dress for it. And know that a woman with confidence makes her the most beautiful. Lastly, wear a shape wear after baby, it helps smooth and tuck the abdomen area. These looks are what I look for when shopping and dressing my new body after baby.

It’s not what you wear, it’s how you wear it.

I’ve found that non-tight fitting t-shirts or flowy shirts look best. They don’t accentuate my stomach or abdomen area – my ‘problem areas’ and are the most flattering. And if I do wear a form fitting shirt, I like to wear a jean jacket over, jackets are such staple pieces.
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Also, high waisted jeans, they avoid the ‘muffin top’ – which by the way, there isn’t such thing, that only means you’re wearing jeans that are two sizes too small for you. What a difference good fitting jeans make! Also, if I can give you a tip on something to look for when buying jeans, the zipper, the longer the zipper the less camel toe you’ll get. Yes!
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I love the A-line t-shirt dress for a casual look. It’s so flattering and hides what you don’t appreciate at the moment. I personally don’t like anything that is tightly cinched at the waist line or underneath the boobs – you know what I mean, yes, I feel like it makes me look a little pregnant-ish again.

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Just like the A-line t-shirt dress, I do the same for the evening dresses. How amazing are these?!

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And lastly the skirts, now because my ‘problem area’ is my abdomen, I pull the skirt up higher than my waist, bring the skirt up higher – you’ll notice the difference! You can see what I did for our last family photo session with the skirt and chambray shirt – such an easy and cute way of finding what you currently have while embracing your new figure. I’ve loved the combination of a casual top, like a tank top to a t-shirt with a flowy skirt/dressy bottom.

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And because my family will be going on vacation in the next couple of months, I wanted to see the swimsuits. These I found on RoseGalRose Wholesale and Plus Trendy – love the ruffle tops!

‘Wanting to be someone else, is a waste of the person you are today’

Here’s to us women loving our bodies at all stages of life! Have a beautiful day.

A-

Photo: Tanja Heffner

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Specific Must-Haves For Baby + Mom

There’s one thing you’ll notice when you’re pregnant is how quickly people want to chime in and tell you what you need. But if you’re a first time mom, you’ll quickly realize the many choices one has for these items. So, I’ve created a list that will help you get items that you need – the exact items, a few of course – don’t want to make this overly long. I won’t list things like onsies because, we all have our own unique style and an idea of how we want our little ones to look. All these are specific must-haves for baby and Mom. They have worked for me and hope they will for you.

GEAR

Stroller ⇒ No one tells you that there is such a thing as a Travel System, this includes the stroller and car seat! This is the Evenflo Pivot Modular Travel System, Sandstone As for a car seat cover Nursing Cover, Car Seat Canopy, Shopping Cart, High Chair, Stroller and Car Seat Cover for Boys and Girls – Best Stretchy Infinity Scarf and Shawl – Multi Use Breastfeeding Cover Up – Arrow Pattern living in Florida Dream Baby Stroller Fan, White/Blue – 2 Pack makes these a must.

Swing/Sleeper ⇒ This Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper, Luminosity is a life saver in times when you need a few minutes to shower!

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Crib + Playpen ⇒ I have a small space to work with, so this Dream On Me Full Size 2 in 1 Folding Stationary Side Crib, White is perfect for that and this Infant Nuna Sena(TM) Aire Travel Crib, Size One Size – Grey playpen can be set up without having a second person to help, because it can be done one handed in seconds. And if you need extra padding for the portable crib and/or playpen LA Baby Waterproof Portable/Mini Crib Mattress, 2″ – Made in USA with Easy to Clean, Hypo-Allergenic, Anti-Microbial & Non-Toxic Cover, 24 x 38 – Made in USA is fantastic.

Diaper Bag ⇒ This  Skip Hop Forma Travel Carry All Diaper Backpack with Insulated Bag, One Size, Jet Black is so spacious – especially when packing for more than one baby.

BATH TIME

Bath ⇒ This  Angelcare Bath Support, Aqua bath tub is not only easy on the eyes and it can also be hung to dry or this  Summer Infant Comfy Bath Sponge  if you opt for a bath sponge. I use the Baby Buddy’s Natural Baby Bath Sponge 4-5” Ultra Soft Premium Sea Wool Sponge Soft on Baby’s Tender Skin, Biodegradable, Hypoallergenic, Absorbent Natural Sea Sponge sponge over the bath cloths only because they dry quicker

Spout Cover ⇒ This Skip Hop Moby Bath Spout Cover Universal Fit, Blue does the job!

 Towel ⇒  Have loved these Puj Hug Hands Free Hooded Infant Towel, White for a while now.

Shampoo + Body Wash ⇒  I have been using Baby Dove Tip to Toe Wash, Rich Moisture 20 oz and Baby Dove Lotion, Rich Moisture 20 oz for close to a year now and it’s fantastic!

Bath Brush to Prevent Cradle Cap  This Bean b Clean Cradle Cap Scalp Massaging Brush or Baby Bath Silicone Brush by Fridababy | DermaFrida The SkinSoother Baby Essential for Dry Skin, Cradle Cap and Eczema (2 Pack) will not only work if your baby starts to develop cradle cap but it’ll help to prevent it – use it during bath time. The Frida is just a newer version of the Bean B and both will work.

FEEDING BABY

Pacifier  This Natursutten BPA-Free Natural Rubber Pacifier, Orthodontic, 12 Months and above pacifier and this pacifier clip  Leather Suede Braided Pacifier Clips By Zelda Matilda. Handmade, Expertly Crafted, Highest Quality, Beautiful! For Boys and Girls

Nursing Pillow ⇒ This Boppy Nursing Pillow and Positioner, Sketch Slate Gray serves multiple purposes as baby continues to grow. And this light will come in handy when nursing Born Free Nighty Night Nursing Light, Neutral in the middle of the night. A must!

Teether  The handles on this Sophie La Girafe – So Pure Teether Giraffe makes it easier for baby to hold.

Formula Dispenser ⇒ I’ve been using  Philips AVENT Powder Formula Dispenser and Snack Cup, Pink and when you stop the formula feeding, you can use it as a snack cup.

Sippy Cup Toddler Zoli ‘Bot Xl’ Sippy Cup, Size One Size – Pink I. Love. These. The flexi straw feature is amazing! It can also be found on these Munchkin Click Lock Weighted Flexi Straw Trainer Cup, Orange, 7 Ounce The difference is that the Munchkin cup is more affordable but the concept remains the same.

Bottle Drying Rack  You can get this  Great Essential Boon Grass Countertop Drying RackGreen or this Boon PATCH Countertop Drying Rack which I use in the kids bathroom to hold their toothbrushes and toothpaste. Also, accessory works great to hang the pacifiers or bottle nipples Boon Twig Grass and Lawn Accessory White

Bibs ⇒ aden by aden + anais Little Bib Life’s A Hoot, 3-Pack Such a beautiful design on these. And these  aden + anais burpy bib 2 pack, paper tales burp cloths.

MISCELLANEOUS

Receiving + Swaddling Blankets  I like these  aden + anais Muslin Swaddle Plus, Sweet in Pink or aden by aden + anais Disney Baby swaddles, mickey and have found that the one’s that say “muslin” don’t shrink and get softer after each wash. As for a thicker blanket, these  aden by aden + anais Stroller Blanket, Dove stroller blankets are great. I also use these  Little Unicorn Cotton Muslin Swaddle Blankets (set Of 3) – Cabana Stripe, Yellow, Orange, Pink and they’re just as good as the Aden + Anais!

Nose Aspirator ⇒ Fridababy NoseFrida Nasal Aspirator with 20 Extra Hygiene Filters and the extra filters Nosefrida Hygiene Filters

Ear Thermometer ⇒Braun Digital Ear Thermometer Suitable for Baby, Infants, Toddlers, and Adults, ThermoScan5 IRT6500 and the lens filters Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer Lens Filters (20 Pack)

Hamper ⇒ This Household Essentials 148 Hanging Cotton Canvas Laundry Hamper Bag | White is great when space is limited. I hang it on a hook behind the door or in the closet.

Nursing Pads ⇒ These Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads, 36 count are the absolute best I’ve tried. As for milk storage bags Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags With Convenient Pour Spout and Patented Double Zipper Seal, Ideal for Storing and Freezing Breastmilk, 100 Count, BPA and BPS Free

Baby Book ⇒ This World of Eric Carle, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Soft Book  

 DON’T FORGET ABOUT YOURSELF WHEN PREPARING FOR BABY

Hospital Gown ⇒ I absolutely love my hospital gown. There’s something to be said about feeling comfortable and beautiful in what you’re wearing at the hospital. I’ve worn it at my deliveries and at my other surgeries – just remember to size up to be feel more comfortable. Gownies – Labor & Delivery Maternity Hospital Gown, Nicole S/M pre pregnancy 0-10

Have a great weekend!

Xo-Ana

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