Everyone talks about life with a new baby after pregnancy, but no one prepares you for life with a completely new body postpartum. I distinctly remember going shopping after having my first child. I was so excited my pregnancy jeans were too big. That excitement quickly turned to embarrassed tears when I had to go back to the rack 3 times for the next size up. I was in complete shock. Here are 4 truths I could have used back then.
by Nikki Pennington | staff writer for The Snap Mom
Clothes Shopping. The dreaded phrase that puts fear in all post-partum moms. What do you mean I can’t wear yoga pants and maternity clothes with elastic waist bands for the rest of my life?? I knew my body would change after having children, I was fine with that. What I wasn’t fine with is how jeans and other clothes for that matter suddenly made my bottom half appear. Let’s be honest, having children makes your hips widen, thighs fuller and bottom a little more…plentiful. My bottom half among other things are not in the same place they once were prior to having children. Therefore I do not need a pair of jeans that highlight certain things that have changed since becoming a mom. Yet, I was still wanted to be fashionable and stylish at the same time.
Honestly, it’s pure panic when you go shopping after having a child. You might accidently find yourself in the dressing room, trapped inside a size large juniors dress that fit perfectly nine months ago. Yes, I did have to facetime my best friend for moral support and ask her to kindly call the store I was in and get someone to help me out of the dress. I also do not want to wear sweatpants to special events, I do not think my friends would invite me out ever.
Please be aware, I am far from a fashionista, just a mom that wants to be stylish while wearing clothes that appreciate my new post-partum body. I wanted to share with you a few things I have discovered on how to avoid the dreaded mommy jeans yet still stay comfortable and fashionable as a mom in things aside from sweatpants (which I would personally prefer to wear all the time.)
Your new best friend-You can wear them under jeans, dresses, skirts and shirts! I would also like to mention you can still breathe in spanx. We don’t want to hide our new lovely mommy body, this just helps smooth things over and keeps things in place.
I have found that when my postpartum body does not like to fit in jeans, skirts that flair away from the body are amazing! Maxi skirts are also my go to when jeans don’t fit right.
Little Black Dress
I love wearing dresses after having a baby, I don’t want to have to suck anything in or be afraid something is hanging over or hanging out. Plus, this adds a little camouflage to certain areas we aren’t too comfortable with just yet.
It’s about the pocket
Wear jeans and show off that new, curvy mommy body just be aware of the pockets. Pockets that are too high, too far apart or too wide create long butt. Nobody wants long butt when wearing jeans. You may have to try several different styles and brands until you find the perfect match so be patient and don’t give into the mommy jeans and long butt.
Regardless of what you wear, be it sweatpants, yoga pants, skirts, dresses or even mommy jeans be proud of your new body and be easy on yourself! That body of yours just did an amazing job and I can promise you that your babies do not care what you wear, what size you are or if there is a pair of spanx hiding underneath those clothes. Wear what makes you feel beautiful!
About the author:
Nikki is a stay at home mom to three high spirited boys. Three years ago she became a motherless daughter after losing her own mom to terminal brain cancer. When she is not playing the role of referee for the boys, she spends her days trying to encourage and inspire others that are on the grief journey.