4 Products that Help Me Feel My Best After a Baby

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I love being pregnant. But truthfully, I don’t like the immediate postpartum period that comes right after having a baby. I’ve been through it a handful of times already, but it doesn’t seem to prevent my surprise every time. I feel beautiful when I am pregnant — even at nine months in — when I am at my heaviest and roundest. All that love for my shape goes away when the baby is no longer gestating and is lovingly in my arms. I wish I wasn’t so hard on myself — a trait that I work hard to overcome — and I am hoping to manage this time around.

With the experience of the past and the understanding of what triggers the emotional hardships for me personally, dealing with my body postpartum, I have worked to be proactive in making sure I feel the best I can after having a baby. …

I have been able to embrace this pregnancy and all the changes in my body far better than I have in the past. I have re-framed how I speak about my body (I don’t ever say “fat,” but instead “healthy”) and have discovered ways to dress my new shape that makes me feel my best. I am hoping to transition the same philosophy when the baby has been born and to embrace the postpartum period — to be kind to my body, which just grew a human: a miracle. 

With the experience of the past and the understanding of what triggers the emotional hardships for me personally, dealing with my body postpartum, I have worked to be proactive in making sure I feel the best I can after having a baby by having products and certain things set in place before my baby arrives. This helps to jump start the positives for when it begins to be harder for myself to see those imperfections that seem to plague my early postpartum period.

If you’re looking for products to help you feel your best after you have a baby, here are things I’ve made sure to have ready at home for when I bring home the baby.

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Fresh Highlights and Haircut

If you’re anything like me, you experience a serious hormone crash post birth. Additionally, I’m usually coming off certain medications, so my hair falls out like crazy during the postpartum period. Thankfully, I don’t usually have temporary baldness (thanks to super-thick hair), but everything clogs up, and I can pull out chunks at a time.

One way I am combating this inevitable side effect of the postpartum period is by getting my hair highlighted and cut just before the baby is born. I have my hairdresser take out a lot of thickness and clean up my style. Not to mention, fresh highlights always make me feel better. 

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Image via Flickr/hugabub.com

Pretty Nursing Gowns and Gear

The postpartum body (at least mine) doesn’t look all that great. And while I know it will get better with time, I don’t like dressing it.

This time around, I’ve decided not to try to fit into my jeans and get upset when that’s not working. Instead, I’ve picked up some gorgeous nursing gowns that will help me feel gorgeous while being practical. The ones I picked up don’t look like pajamas, so I can lounge around the house and feel my best, without looking frumpy.

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Additionally, anytime you can pick up gear that makes you and your baby feel more comfortable and stylish while out and about, then it’s worth the investment.

For example, colorful slings, which serve as a nice “accessory” to your transition wardrobe of tees and maternity jeans (that we all still wear postpartum!), are fantastic for adding color while snuggling with baby. I know it helps me feel better as I’m moving through those months of recovery. 

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Image via Bellefit.com
Image via Bellefit.com

Dual-closure Postpartum Girdle

Whether you’re having a vaginal birth or a c-section, I have found these postpartum girdles to be so incredibly helpful. The pressure helps care for the incision if you’re having a c-section, plus it can reduce the effect of the afterbirth pains that come as your uterus works to shrink back. It also helps keep the jiggle at bay, which is something I can’t stand about my body after. I plan to keep mine on for at least four months to help my skin shrink and give my back support while my stomach muscles heal.

Interested in what I’m using? Check out the Bellefit Dual Closure pictured above on their website. 

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Image via Flickr/peapodlabs

An Organized Home

I didn’t want to do anything when I was late into my pregnancy, but I made myself go through the house and organize and clean the major rooms in the house. My bedroom was re-organized, the kids’ rooms were cleaned, the living room was straightened up, and the main bathroom was spit shined.

While it was a lot of work, (who really wants to spend their days cleaning?), I know that when the baby comes, it will be so worth it. I won’t have to worry about the clutter as much, and everything should be streamlined to make recovery easier. 

:: What did you find helped you transition from pregnancy to postpartum while keeping your self-esteem and confidence in check? Share in the comments! ::

 
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4 Products that Help Me Feel My Best After a Baby

Devan McGuinness is the founder of the online resource Unspoken Grief, which is dedicated to breaking the silence of perinatal grief for those directly and indirectly affected by miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death. Using her own experience of surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan has been actively supporting and encouraging others who are wading through the challenges associated with perinatal and neonatal loss. Winner of the 2012 Bloganthropy Award ... More

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  1. Profile photo of Grace Grace says:

    I had everything organized and clean but the house fell apart when I was in the hospital. Its now been 3 months and I feel like all I do is clean and the house still is not as clean and organized as I had had it.

  2. Loved the article and so true. I will look into the girdle thing. Staying organized has been my biggest help and distraction during these last few weeks of pregnancy. and it will be one last worry once baby is born.

  3. Profile photo of Moyo Moyo says:

    Thanks Devan!, I sure need this.

  4. Profile photo of Bri Bri says:

    I really want to use a girdle to make sure everything is pressed and moves back into place as smooth as it came out of place. My mother and grandmother used a flat sheet and wrapped it around their tummies after they gave birth. So with my mother being there, I’m pretty sure that’ll be my first “girdle” hehehe.

  5. Profile photo of gladys gladys says:

    Girdle sounds like a good idea to me. If it helps with pain n no med.s involved I am soooooo for it. I hate pills but during child birth…… give me the drugs.

  6. Profile photo of Stayce Stayce says:

    I thought getting highlights while still pregnant was a big no-no. Something about the fumes and chemicals? Am I wrong?

    • Profile photo of Bri Bri says:

      Very much so. I’m 37 weeks as of now and May 8 (35 weeks) I got highlights browns and blondes using bleach for both colors. Although my stylist didn’t hit my roots, which meant it would touch my scalp, with the colors but I’m fine and my baby is fine inside my tummy.

  7. Profile photo of Sarah Sarah says:

    I agree with All 4 suggestions! I bought a girdle not the same one, but it tucks up my belly so when I go out I feel good because I don’t look pregnant. I hate it when u go out and still look pregnant when you are not anymore. I also had my hubby clean the house before I got out of the hospital, that felt great to come home to. Although it’s been a week since I delivered my princess, I do some light exercises and stretching, makes me feel better. And I def will get my hair done I feel great this time around Thanking God!!!

  8. Profile photo of mommy nhoj mommy nhoj says:

    Reorganizing the house was a good idea!

  9. Profile photo of mommy nhoj mommy nhoj says:

    6 weeks after just before baby’s christening, I ‘ve got a treat of make over from husband. Nice haircut and hair color with pedi and eyebrow shaping! A bit costly but he was satisfied with the results :)

  10. Profile photo of bmattler92 bmattler92 says:

    I havent gotten my haircut since my son was born but have plans to get it cut in just a few days and i am really excited about it

  11. Profile photo of Krystle Krystle says:

    Wow, this article really helps!

  12. I got a haircut when my daughter was a month old & I need a home organizer for clothes and etc.

  13. Profile photo of Daniela Daniela says:

    I’m pregnant with my first baby and I know that my body is definitely going to bother me afterwards. I’ve always been very fit and slim and unfortunately know that I will probably hate what my stomach is going to look like post pregnancy so this definitely helped.

  14. Profile photo of gfeld gfeld says:

    I find that I feel better putting on a girdle post birth. it gives me help in reshaping myself after being stretched like silly putty for 9 months.

  15. Profile photo of Marlena AntonucciEditor Marlena Antonucci says:

    Reorganizing the house is a great tip, Devan! It’ll be super helpful to clear out old stuff.

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