Pregnancy is one of the most gratifying experiences a woman can have, but our bodies go through many changes because of it as well. How can we get our glow back afterwards?
Having a child changes our life, even before the child is born. Pregnancy is an incredible journey, but like all adventures, it has its ups and downs. All women experience different things during this time. Some look absolutely radiant and make pregnancy look like a walk in the park. And, some women keep that glow even after they’ve given birth.
But other women, during and after pregnancy, suffer from the hormonal changes in their bodies. During pregnancy, hormone levels increase, and this causes the body to become unstable. Then, in postpartum, the body returns to its normal hormone levels, and this can affect one’s skin and hair.
Changes the body may experience after pregnancy:
- Hair loss: Due to hormonal fluctuations during and after pregnancy, women may experience hair loss.
- Acne: Our skin becomes oilier during pregnancy and this can cause breakouts
- during or after.
- Skin discoloration: The increase in estrogen and progesterone can cause dark spots on the skin.
- Puffiness and bags under the eyes: Caused by the combination of hormonal changes and increased fatigue of the body.
- Stretch marks: One of the most common effects on the postpartum body. Caused by stretching of the skin in areas such as the breasts, stomach, buttocks, and thighs.
After giving birth, a mother’s priority is taking care of her baby, which is the most natural thing in the world. When one has a child, nothing else seems to matter. That’s why some mothers forget to take care of themselves, and their bodies take longer to recuperate.
Eventually, the body returns to its natural state. But if you want to get your glow back quickly, there are certain things you can do to help the process along. Here are some recommendations for a postpartum body that is as beautiful as new motherhood itself.
A Healthful Diet
Be sure to eat healthful and nutritious meals. Your diet should be full of foods rich in antioxidants, such as fruits and vegetables. When eaten in large quantities, these foods will make you feel full. Some good options are strawberries, apples, plums, broccoli, cabbage, spinach, and carrots. This said, allow yourself to give in to your cravings, too. If you want something sweet, just eat it! It’s better than trying to override the craving.
It’s super important to drink 8 to 10 glasses of water over the course of the day. Keep your body hydrated at all times. This will improve the elasticity of your skin, reduce bags under your eyes, and prevent you from becoming dehydrated while breastfeeding. Drinking water isn’t just important for postpartum life; it’s essential no matter what.
Get into a Routine
Try to keep up with your beauty routine. I know it may seem difficult with a new baby and the time that this implies. Stick to the essentials of your routine, like applying eye cream, massaging your face with oils, and moisturizing. This will help your skin recover faster and act as moment of well-deserved relaxation in your day.
Stay Active and Exercise
Daily life gets a bit chaotic with a baby, and you’re likely to find yourself moving around quite a bit. But, try to also do some simple exercises. Ask your doctor about what would be right for your body. I recommend taking short walks or doing some basic yoga poses. This will help release stress and toxins.
Rest When You Can
You might think you’re used to not getting enough sleep, but with a baby, this gets taken to a whole new level. Taking time for yourself and sleeping is essential so that you can recover and be there for your baby. That’s why you should sleep when the baby sleeps, even if it’s just for a half-hour nap. It will definitely help.
These are just a few things you can do to get your glow back after pregnancy. Remember that all bodies are different, so don’t compare yourself to others. And, don’t panic. You will eventually feel comfortable in your body again. Pregnancy can be very demanding.
Give yourself a break and don’t push yourself too hard. Your body has literally just created another body, and while this is a beautiful experience, it also implies a ton of effort. Give your body the rest it needs, and your glow will be back in no time.