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Being a new mom again has got me thinking about things I wish I would have known as a first time parent. With each one of my three babies I have lived in pajamas the first few weeks because it just felt more comfortable. It always amazes me that when I do take the extra few minutes to put on an actual outfit I feel so much better and my confidence drastically increases. Here are 5 style tips for the postpartum mom to help you feel great, stress less, and enjoy that new baby.
Don’t stress about your body. You just brought a new life into this world. Be gracious with yourself and remember that it took 9 months to grow that little bundle of joy. It is normal to not fit into your pre-pregnancy clothes.
These days comfortable clothing is a staple in my wardrobe. With a four year old, two year old, and 6 times a day nursing 4 month old I want to be wearing something that fits, looks stylish, and doesn’t leave me wanting to put my pajamas back on immediately. #loveelasticwaistbands #stretchypantsaremylovelanguage #momlife
When we are out and about running errands or going to the park I want to make sure that whatever I am wearing provides adequate coverage that is modest. My body is currently in this in between phase of having been pregnant and just had a baby to where it will be a year from now. I respect that. I also don’t stress about that.
This is where my love for all things elastic comes into play. Elastic is forgiving. Buy pants that have an elastic waist. I have several pairs of stretchy waisted pants that I have had for years and used before, during, and after my pregnancies. So when I find a pant that I really like, that is a keeper, I am happy to tell others about it.
You guys, these pants, are amazing. This is the ANNEXI PANT from prAna. They are so cute! They are a relaxed fit and super comfortable. The ANNEXI PANT is a stylish jogger with an elastic backed waist that will allow you to move, chase after your kids, and are dressy enough to wear to church or on a date.
Flattering shirts are another thing that are hard to find after you have just had a baby. Look for shirts that are fitted on the top and have a relaxed fit around the middle. This style works great for mama’s who are recovering from pregnancy. I love me some burnout tees and the CLEO TEE (also from prAna) is becoming a new staple in my wardrobe. It is lightweight, comes in vibrant colors, and is just overall fun! If you sized this shirt up I imagine it would also work fairly well with a baby bump.
Invest in a good pair of sunglasses. In those first few months you will be very tired. Sunglasses not only protect the delicate skin around your eyes but they offer new moms a little way to hide those darker under eye circles.
And lastly, try to make time everyday for things that fill you up and are life giving. For me, reading my Bible, exercising, and having clean hair makes me feel more confident and ready to tackle the day.