It’s no secret that getting into a swimsuit after having a baby/babies is no fun. For some, it can be downright stressful. In fact, I recently sent Liz a text from the Target dressing room that literally read “I tried on a bathing suit without crying. #success” But you know what’s even more stressful? The thought of missing out on a fun-filled day at the pool with friends and family because I don’t like how I look in a swimsuit. So, in the effort to just get over myself, I polled some real, smart moms and asked for their best advice on how to feel confident while wearing a swimsuit after a baby (or two, or three).
Set Yourself Free
I actually find having kids has been sort of freeing in how I feel about my body… I have a good excuse to be a little saggy! -Nancy G.
Shift Your Focus
I stopped caring about my “imperfections” after growing a human in my body and then pushing her out by sheer force of will, and nursing her for going on over one year
Be a Role Model
I have a 4 year old and just bought my first bikini! I’m “fat” but I don’t really care, tbh. I went to California on vacation last week and it was my first time wearing it and I kind of loved how empowered/awesome I felt. I read an article sometime in the past couple of years that talked about how our daughters first body awareness came from how they saw their mothers and it’s really important to me that she feel confident, alive and strong. If I can channel some of those feelings myself I hope it’ll rub off on her.
Get Over Yourself & Have Some Fun
As much as I didn’t really want to get in a bathing suit last summer, super pregnant, I wasn’t going to let my body/self consciousness stop me, especially in front of my daughter!
Remember What Your Body Can Do
I just keep reminding myself, you made a baby and pushed it out of your body, and now you’re feeding your baby with your body. So chill the eff out and love yourself.
Everyone’s More Focused on Themselves
I just got back from the beach and you know what I realized? No one has a perfect body and no one cares about yours. They’re all so worried about their own jiggles that they don’t even notice yours
Any advice you’d like to add? See you by the pool, Mamanistas!