If you’ve ever been concerned about how you look in the mirror, you aren’t alone – a whopping 73% of moms regularly worry about their appearance. It can be exhausting to try new fashions, different diets and finding the time to exercise more, all on top of looking after your kids, but it’s okay. Whether you’re having trouble with weight loss, struggling to find time to exercise, or looking for a quicker solution, you don’t have to resign yourself to insecurity. Here are a few ways you can improve your body image without taking time away from your family.
Loving Yourself And Loving Your Kids
Because our bodies change so much during pregnancy, it can be hard to come to terms with how we look now. But believe it or not, you have one huge reason to do that: your kids. When we talk badly about our bodies in front of our children, they’re more likely to develop a negative self-image of their own. It’s not only in your own interest to be more confident, it’ll also help your kids in their developmental stages be more positive about their bodies. Whatever area of your body you’re worried about, you can turn that negativity into positivity: eating right and exercising go a long way not only to help your overall health, but to weight loss goals. So does getting enough sleep at night – although, of course, that can be hard with little ones around the house. Make sure that you’re looking after yourself along with your kids!
Dieting, Exercise, and Weight Loss
It’s hard to shed the pounds you gain during and immediately after pregnancy, but not impossible. The key is to do it in a healthy way: fad diets are often bogus, and either don’t work at all or only work for people with a specific body type or metabolism. The most effective diet is a balanced one: make sure you’re eating enough fruits, veggies, carbs, and even sugars. You’re most likely to lose weight when you pair a balanced diet and exercise, at least half an hour a day. Over time, you’ll shed the extra tummy, as long as you keep it up!
Other Options: Get Your Pre-Pregnancy Body Back
Because weight loss takes time, it can be frustrating to not see the results you want in a shorter time. If it isn’t working for you, don’t worry – you have other options. A popular trend among moms is to have cosmetic surgery known as a ‘mommy makeover’ which usually includes a tummy tuck and a breast augmentation. The mommy makeover also tightens any loose skin you have from weight loss, and can quickly give you back your pre-pregnancy body. For some moms, it’s a huge confidence boost – no more low self-esteem. If you have some extra money, a mommy makeover could be a great option for you.
Being a mom doesn’t make us immune to insecurities about our bodies – and although most of our lives revolve around our families and kids, it’s important for us to look after our own happiness, too. When we’re happy with ourselves and our bodies, our kids are happier too!