Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Postpartum Body Image Ideas Part 2

Continuing with the theme of nurturing your mama-body image...

Another idea is to embrace your new form and work with it until you find a groove. Your clothes will probably fit you differently even if you are the same weight as you were before pregnancy. You may find that you are still wearing your maternity clothes for months after you have your baby. That is often a very difficult and unexpected experience for new mothers. Finding a few new clothing items or accessories can help you to refresh the maternity clothes or integrate your old wardrobe with your new form. A new hair style or just a trim can lift your spirits; there is something light and freeing about a fresh haircut. Going to get a haircut will get you out of the house and give you some time to yourself. Getting a facial, manicure, or pedicure can also be a way to pamper your body

These suggestions came from a recent experience I had. Apparently, up here in north Portland, Heather at the Parlour is working scissor magic. Over the course of about two weeks, I ran into several mama friends who were radiating. The discussion I had with them was so similar it was striking; they had each recently gotten a haircut and said, "I haven't felt attractive since I had [child's name], so I let Heather do whatever she wanted."

Getting out to go shopping, get a haircut, or spa treatment is challenging postpartum. Baby carriers can make a world of difference in being able to get out with your baby. A lot of stores around town have slings, wraps, and other carriers. Milagros has a wide selection of baby carriers and they can help you figure out which one will work best for you. They also host a monthly meeting of the local babywearing advocacy and support group.

You can make a date of getting out with a friend who can help hold your baby while you try on clothes or get your haircut. Ask your hair stylist to schedule a bit of extra time in case you need to stop to nurse or soothe your baby. Zenana Spa and Wellness Center in SE has a special focus of pregnant and parenting families. They offer a full service spa as well as many wellness services such as lactation services, doula services, acupuncture, hypnotherapy and more; they have a wonderful on-site childcare room. Or you can try to schedule the appointment when your partner, friend, or family member can stay home with your baby.

If you do not have the financial resources you can go to clothing swaps or exchanges, Naked Lady Parties are happening all over could talk a friend into hosting one. The 100th Monkey Studio has an event that is a clothing exchange with special twist of altering. You can ask a friend, your partner, or family member to pamper you with a manicure, pedicure, or facial.

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