It’s been 4 months since I gave birth and as much as I enjoy being a mom, there were also uncomfortable moments when it comes to my body.
Everybody knows a woman’s body changes after childbirth, whether you like it or not. For me, it took two months in order to accept the fact that my body didn’t look the same as my pre-pregnancy body. Though I know it takes time to get back in shape again, I still felt so uncomfortable and insecure every time I looked into the mirror. My pregnancy glow has been replaced by dark circles and my face looked dull and tired at the same time. Not to mention the new body of mine. My belly button turned black, I’ve got stretch marks (hmmm stretch mark tummy creams don’t seem to have a significant effect on my stretch marks/skin), plus my arms, waist, belly (duh) and other parts of my body were (and still are) out of shape. This also means some clothes such as my mom jeans don’t fit anymore. And this, unfortunately, applies to my bridesmaid dress too. As some of you may know, my sister is tying the knot in September and I’m going to be one of her bridesmaids. She bought me the dress in my pre-pregnancy size and the zipper won’t go up. AWKWARD!
Flash forward to now, I finally accepted my post-baby body. I’m not going tobsay i’ll stop working out, but I’ve learned to feel better about my current figure. Having a muffin top/ can’t wear my mom jeans/ zipper of my bridesmaid dress won’t go up.. SO WHAT?! It’s not the end of the world. Eventually, it’s about the fit, not the size.
So today I’d like to share a few tips on how to hightlight and hide your post-baby features.
1. My flabby belly is currently my least favourite body part. A loose/oversized fit item is the best solution to cover your belly. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not talking about your favourite oversized PJs shirt, I’m talking about relaxed, slightly oversized items with a masculine twist such as this blazer here. Masculine blazers are loose, comfy, chic and so versatile. You can easily dress it up or down.
2. Finding the right neckline is key. Go for V-neck tops to elongate your neck. Sometimes a V-neckline can highlight your bust too.
3. Avoid shiny or silky fabrics and textures.
4. I’m a massive fan of statement sleeves and I happened to find out big sleeves can highlight and hide my arms at the same time. They can also add a fun yet playful touch to a look.
5. Wear wrap dresses/tops to minimise your waist. Perfect for nursing too. Win-win.
6. Wear pencil skirts with a good stretch to get a more toned and rounder bottom.
7. Wear wide legged or carrot/slim-fit trousers to lengthen your legs. Avoid joggers — they will make you look bigger.
8. If you are a jeans person like me, wear mid-rise jeans instead of low rise. No muffin top guaranteed.
9. Shapewear/postpartum waist trainer may be your best friend. It can speed up the process. However, bear in mind, it won’t be comfy.
That’s it for today! Hope you find these useful! If you have more tips, feel free to leave a comment!
Thank you for taking the time to read my post. Until next time,