Feeling Good At The Pool: Mum Tums & Body Confidence*

It’s no secret that when you have a baby, your body changes; you gain weight in strange places, and your skin becomes drier and duller. It’s all to do with hormones and, of course, carting around a little one inside you for the best part of a year. Once you’ve given birth and your bundle of joy is here, you then want to get your body back in shape, the only problem is that it can take time.


Sometimes, even after shifting all the weight that you gained while pregnant, you can still feel uncomfortable with your body. This means that you lack confidence because your body won’t go back to exactly what it was like before. A lot of mums miss out on important experiences with their kids, like playing at your local pool, because they lack confidence. As a mum, I know exactly, what this is like.


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To help you learn to love your post-baby body, I thought I would share a few tips and tricks for learning to love your new body.


Be healthy and active


The most important thing you can do post-baby is be healthy and active. This is not only important for helping to shift any excess weight and get yourself back in shape, but also to boost your confidence. Research has shown that the healthier and more active your lifestyle, the better about yourself you will feel. That’s why, post-baby, it’s crucial to eat a healthy diet and to be as active as possible. Do this and you’ll love your body more and be happier in general.


Treat yourself to new swimwear


The idea of squeezing back into your pre-baby swimwear probably scares the hell out of you, so don’t try to. Instead, opt to buy new swimwear. Head to your local mall and get trying on a range of swimsuits to see what looks and feels good. Maybe you used to wear a low-cut bikini but thanks to your c-section, feel like you no longer want to? If this is the case, opt for a high-waisted bikini – you’ll feel much happier and more confident at the pool if you do. You could also opt to invest in some new body jewellery online to help to boost your confidence even more. These might only be small things, but you’d be amazed at how effective they can be when it comes to boosting your self-esteem.


Be positive about your body


By far the best thing you can do when it comes to feeling good at the pool is be positive about your body. Don’t compare yourself to others, as this is always going to make you feel rubbish. Instead, be positive about your body and learn to love yourself for who you are. Your tummy may not be as flat as before you have a baby but that’s natural – ask any mum. Just think of how amazing your body is, and how it was able to carry and safely deliver a child. Your body is amazing in so many ways, just because you’re not as toned as you used to be, doesn’t mean you should lack confidence.

So there you have it, the best ways to ensure that when you’re at the pool with your kids, you feel good about yourself. Being a mum comes with lots of compromises, a less toned body being one of them. But don’t let this get you down, just think how amazing your body actually is.

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